Why a designated advocate? Why not legislate that English be the official language of the US and that any immigrant save the aged be proficient in English before granting permanent residency? No official business should be conducted in a language other than English.
Consider them a replacement for the lost workers in the current generation as a result of rampant abortion of native Americans.
Pure sophistry. There are over 40 million foreign born in this country. They are not units of labor but bring their own culture and values with them. And more and more they are not being assimilated. They are not the same kinds of people who are born in this country. Perhaps you are unaware of how significant immigration has been in changing the demographics of this country.
The U.S. adds one international migrant (net) every 36 seconds. Immigrants account for one in 8 U.S. residents, the highest level in more than 90 years. In 1970 it was one in 21; in 1980 it was one in 16; and in 1990 it was one in 13. In a decade, it will be one in 7, the highest it has been in our history. And by 2050, one in 5 residents of the U.S. will be foreign-born.
Currently, 1.6 million legal and illegal immigrants settle in the country each year; 350,000 immigrants leave each year, resulting in a net immigration of 1.25 million. Since 1970, the U.S. population has increased from 203 million to 315 million, i.e., over 100 million. In the next 40 years, the population will increase by an additional 130 million to 445 million. Three-quarters of the increase in our population since 1970 and the projected increase will be the result of immigration. The U.S., the worlds third most populous nation, has the highest annual rate of population growth of any developed country in the world, i.e., 0.9% (2012 estimate,) principally due to immigration.
The nations immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached 40 million in 2010, the highest number in our history. The U.S. immigrant population has doubled since 1990, nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970, when it stood at 9.7 million. Of the 40 million immigrants in the country in 2010, 13.9 million arrived in 2000 or later making it the highest decade of immigration in American history, even though there was a net loss of jobs during the decade.
Growth in the immigrant population has primarily been driven by high levels of legal immigration. Roughly three-fourths of immigrants in the country are here legally. With nearly 12 million immigrants, Mexico was by far the top immigrant-sending country, accounting for 29 percent of all immigrants and 29 percent of growth in the immigrant population from 2000 to 2010. The median age of immigrants in 2010 was 41.4 compared to 35.9 for natives.
Do you buy the nonsense that we have a shortage of workers? Why did we bring in 13.9 million legal immigrants during the decade ending in 2010 while we had a net decrease in jobs during that same period? Does that make sense when we have 23 million Americans looking for full-time employment?
What is your definition of 'enforcement?' A secure border or deportation?
Enforcing the existing laws of this country including deportation. A secure border is part of enforcement as well as tracking down and deporting visa overstays who comprise 40% of the illegal aliens in this country. We need to cut off the job magnet by going after employers who hire lawbreakers. This would include making the E-verify system mandatory,
Even the proponents of amnesty say they want enforcement and deportation--after they get their amnesty. Of course, just like the amnesty of 1986, once the legalization takes place, then enforcement is forgotten.
Our current legal immigration policies that bring in 1.2 million legal immigrants a year--more than the rest of the world combined--have changed the electorate. 87% of the 1.2 million legal immigrants entering annually are minorities as defined by the U.S. Government and almost all of the illegal aliens are minorities. By 2019 half of the children 18 and under in the U.S. will be classified as minorities and by 2042, half of the residents of this country will be minorities. Generally, immigrants and minorities vote predominantly for the Democrat Party. Hence, Democrats view immigration as a never-ending source of voters that will make them the permanent majority party.
Since the 1965 Immigration Act, our pro-population growth immigration policies have fueled major demographic changes in a very short period of time. In 1970, non-Hispanic whites comprised 89 percent of the population; today they are 66 percent; and by 2042, they will be 50 percent. The Democrats, under the banner of multiculturalism and diversity, have forged a political coalition that depends on individuals coalescing around racial and ethnic identities rather than the issues. The continuing and increasing flow of minority immigrants, mostly poor and uneducated, provides a natural constituency for the Democrats, which see them as their principal source of political power.
57% of immigrant headed households with children are on at least one major welfare program.
In 2010, 23 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) lived in poverty, compared to 13.5 percent of natives and their children. Immigrants and their children accounted for one-fourth of all persons in poverty.
The children of immigrants account for one-third of all children in poverty.
In 2010, 29 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) lacked health insurance, compared to 13.8 percent of natives and their children.
New immigrants and their U.S.-born children account for two-thirds of the increase in the uninsured since 2000.
There are 10.4 million students from immigrant households in public schools, accounting for one in five public school students. Of these students, 78 percent speak a language other than English at home.
Overall, one in four public school students now speaks a language other than English at home.
Of adult immigrants (25 to 65), 28 percent have not completed high school, compared to 7 percent of natives.
Many immigrants make significant progress the longer they live in the country. However, on average even immigrants who have lived in the United States for 20 years have not come close to closing the gap with natives.
The poverty rate of adult immigrants who have lived in the United States for 20 years is 50 percent higher than that of adult natives.
New immigration (legal and illegal) plus births to immigrants added 22.5 million residents to the country over the last decade, equal to 80 percent of total U.S. population growth.
Recent immigration has had only a tiny impact on the nations age structure. If the nearly 14 million immigrants who arrived in 2000 or later are excluded, it raises the average age in the United States in 2010 from 37.4 years to 37.6 years roughly two months.
Brilliant argument here,thanks very much.
How can those two completely unrelated groups share the same descriptive term?
The immigrants are here legally, to work, study or become citizens. The illegal aliens are criminal invaders.
Those stats seem to be co-mingling the Civil engineers and doctors from India, with the Mexican parasites and drywall contractors.
A secure border is part of enforcement as well as tracking down and deporting visa overstays who comprise 40% of the illegal aliens in this country.
Then why is all the focus of political dialogue about our porous southern border. If companies can keep track of every customer, our visa system should get up to speed and track our visa recipients. Our State Dept. is a total waste of time, judging by their effectiveness.
Your stats for poverty of immigrants are no different from other centuries of immigrants to America. The poor and disenfranchised who came here worked hard to give a better life to their children. That has been one of the major circumstances that has made our country exceptional.
I 100% agree that English has to be our official language if we are not to become Balkanized any further. I suggest one way to accomplish this is to have the condition that anyone applying for residency has to put on their application form the name of a person fluent in English who is like a sponsor for official communication.
That avoids the ‘compassionate’ rules that every institution has to provide translators or translations, including our ballots.
Ex: The form filed for every schoolchild with names of contacts will include the person who speaks English, to be a liaison to the parents of the student.