Today in BigT’s Roundup I talked about how our nation’s fourth grade literacy rank has fallen to twelfth in the world. The story tried to plant in the readers mind the belief that this national failure can be attributed to No Child Left Behind. So, it was Bush’s fault, which is a not so novel theory coming out of the media. I placed the blame on the lack of school choice and/or increased immigration.
From personal experience in Southern California I can attest to the fact that there are huge swaths of kids who cannot read or write because they really don’t know the language. It isn’t spoken at home and recent immigrants don’t seem to feel necessary to make sure their children know how to speak this nation’s language. We all know that this is going on but now it’s official: we have proof that more immigrants are coming in then ever before.
Here are the highlighted findings:
— The immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached a record of 37.9 million in 2007.
— Immigrants account for one in eight U.S. residents, the highest level in 80 years.
— Overall, nearly one in three immigrants is an illegal alien. Half of Mexican and Central American immigrants and one-third of South American immigrants are illegal.
— Since 2000, 10.3 million immigrants have arrived — the highest seven-year period of immigration in U.S. history. More than half of post-2000 arrivals (5.6 million) are estimated to be illegal aliens.
— Of adult immigrants, 31 percent have not completed high school, compared to 8 percent of natives. The share of immigrants and natives with a college degree is about the same.
— 33 percent of immigrant-headed households use at least one welfare program, compared to 19 percent for native households. Among households headed by immigrants from Mexico, the largest single group, 51 percent use at least one welfare program.
— The poverty rate for immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) is 17 percent, nearly 50 percent higher than the rate for natives and their children.
— 34 percent of immigrants lack health insurance, compared to 13 percent of natives. Immigrants and their U.S.-born children account for 71 percent of the increase in the uninsured since 1989.
— The primary reason for the high rates of immigrant poverty, lack of health insurance, and welfare use is their low education levels, not their legal status or an unwillingness to work.
— Of immigrant households, 82 percent have at least one worker, compared to 73 percent of native households.
— Immigrants make significant progress over time. But even those who have been here for 20 years are more likely to be in poverty, lack insurance, or use welfare than are natives.
— There is a worker present in 78 percent of immigrant households using at least one welfare program.
— Immigration accounts for virtually all of the national increase in public school enrollment over the last two decades. In 2007, there were 10.8 million school-age children from immigrant families in the United
— Immigrants and natives have similar rates of entrepreneurship — 13 percent of natives and 11 percent of immigrants are self-employed.
— Recent immigration has had no significant impact on the nation’s age structure. Without the 10.3 million post-2000 immigrants, the average age in America would be virtually unchanged at 36.5 years.
Even as a percent of the population we almost have the most immigrants ever!
For the full report, click here.
Read all of this and weep. Immigration reform is needed because a huge portion of them take a lot more then they give to this country. Maybe this news will put a fire under some politicians but I think we all know nothing is going to happen. BigT
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