Skip to comments.Immigrants in the United States, 2007 -- A Profile of America’s Foreign-Born Population
Posted on 12/08/2007 9:52:36 AM PST by Zakeet
This Backgrounder provides a detailed picture of the number and socio-economic status of the nations immigrant or foreign-born population, both legal and illegal. The data was collected by the Census Bureau in March 2007.
Among the reports findings:
* The nations 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. In 1970 it was one in 21; in 1980 it was one in 16; and in 1990 it was one in 13.
* 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.
The latest data collected by the Census Bureau shows that the last seven years have been the highest period of immigration in American history. Immigration continues to be the subject of intense national debate. The roughly 1.5 million immigrants arriving each year (1.6 million if you count those missed by the Census Bureau) have a very significant effect on many areas of American life. Immigrants and their young children (under 18) now account for one-fifth of the school-age population, one-fourth of those in poverty, and nearly one-third of those without health insurance, creating enormous challenges for the nations schools, healthcare system, and physical infrastructure. The low educational attainment of many immigrants, 31 percent of whom have not completed high school, is the primary reason so many live in poverty, use welfare programs, or lack health insurance, not their legal status or an unwillingness to work. A central question for immigration policy is whether we should allow in so many people with little education increasing job competition for the poorest American workers and the population needing government assistance.
Setting aside the lower socio-economic status of immigrants, no nation has ever attempted to incorporate nearly 38 million newcomers into its society. Whatever one thinks of contemporary immigration, it is critically important to understand that its effect on America represents a choice. Selection criteria can be altered, as can the total number of people allowed into the country legally. Moreover, the level of resources devoted to reducing illegal immigration can also be reduced or increased. With illegal aliens accounting for nearly one in three immigrants, their effect on the nation by themselves is now very large.
This site has tons of statistics and graphs dealing with immigration, both legal and illegal. They
explain their methodology and appear to be well researched. Freepers interested in this topic
should consider bookmarking the site.
Does anyone actually believe that our government couldn’t stop this problem if they wanted to? They don’t want to stop it folks. Those in control, the money people, want the NAU for finacial reasons and total control of the whole region. Don’t believe for a minute that we couldn’t take care of this problem if we wanted to.
I'm willing to bet that these numbers are a lot higher than what this guesstimate reveals. Read the conclusion - OUTRAGEOUS! Our days as a country are numbered. There is no way the taxpayers can pick up the tab for all this, not even by delegating future generations to pay for it.
One way to stop it is to have each state handle it’s immigration problems. By doing this, the people of each state will get involved. The Fed doesn’t want this. It’s the same with any war. The government doesn’t want the people involved toda. That’s why we, as Americans haven’t been asked to sacrifice. That’s the reason for the all volunteer military. Bring back the draft and you will see the people start to get involved. Our government learned this simple fact during Viet Nam. The people of this country would go ballistic if the draft was brought back and they would demand that we get out of the middle east and leave these people to their own devices. There are many uses for the draft, one of which is to get the people more involved in our system rather than letting the government tell us what to do and when to do it.
“There is no way the taxpayers can pick up the tab for all this”
That’s the point. Bring us down to their level. Redistribution of wealth. (even if you’re not)
I figured I would be gone before it hit the fan, but unless I get very unhealthy overnite, I'll probably get to suffer along with everyone else.
My wife and two of my kids are from the Philippines. I had to jump thru all sorts of hoops to bring them here and get them their citizenship.
I don’t think many conservatives oppose their presence. It is the folks coming in illegally, with no desire to assimilate, who refuse to learn english and who burden our society that piss folks off!
BTW - my Philippine born son is in the Guard, working on the fence between California and Mexico.
CIS usually does good research, but this study is highly flawed.
Its source for most of the data is a US government study (March 2007 Curent Population Survey), few of which are reliable when it comes to illegal immigrant data. After all, these millions don’t check in at the border when they come here, and they don’t report their presence to the Census Bureau after they get here, so the number is unknowable to a government historically unwilling to even admit there is a problem, let alone keep a count of it.
The 11 million figure they use for illegals hasn’t changed from it first estimate around 2003. Does anyone not see the increasing footprint of illegals far from the borders in the most remote corners of America now? They are everywhere, and in a lot more places than in 2003. Even in the outer islands of Hawaii you can find illegals.
The income surveys are similarly meaningless. Most illegal labor is off the books, and would never be honestly reported, especially to a government agency, because it presents tax and criminal liabilities.
For this “study” which is now unfortunately being used as the standard for the debate on illegals, CIS used unsupportable government data because 1. they were too lazy to do the polling themselves, and 2. they hoped using government data would put a cachet of authenticity on the CIS “analysis”.
Instead, it’s garbage in, garbage out.
Mexico is actually doing pretty well compared to Africa and countries in Asia like Burma. It’s just that USA is special and our culture encourages our nation to continue advancing in economics and technology.
“I’ll probably get to suffer along with everyone else.”
We’ll be right there with ya. Let’s just don’t stop Bitchin.
The new arrivals are younger, less educated, and poorer, with commensurately less chance for upward mobility, beecause of ther propensity for remaining in enclaves where it is not NECESSARY to learn the common language of business and commerce, English.
This phenomenon is by no means limited only to the Spanish-speaking immigrants - the same has been noted of Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian and Greek immigrants. The difference is, that all these other first-generation children in this country grow up integrated with the language and adopt customs of their new homeland, without this self-imposed apartheid.
Truth is, America is getting diluted almost out of existence with all these new arrivals who either cannot or will not become part of the American dream. To achieve that dream, there are just a few tasks that have to be undertaken first.
Learn, use, and think in the American idom of the English language.
Know the American culture. Not just the popular culture, but the history, the social organization, the DUTIES of being an American.
Enforce upon others, especially new arrivals, the importance of working toward that sometimes elusive dream of underestanding what it means to be an American, if they are going to be here for any other reason than as a tourist.
If this is too difficult to absorb, turn around and go home.
If they won't play fair, vote em out.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
And everyone has the right to come here legally and I would stand at the door and welcome them as someone did for my ancestors. It’s the illegal aliens who have NO RIGHT to be here and sop up all the freebies they are given that belong to our citizen indigent. Every ounce of help they receive is help our citizens won’t get. There’s gotta be a reason the government wants to do this. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Thanks for the detailed charts. How can anyone read them and say that the immigration tsunami is a net benefit?
Your average voter hasn’t seen all of these facts, but they should be available and well-read by almost everyone in government. As a group, they must be either incredibly stupid, or they just don’t care.