It is not illegal immigrants, but LEGAL IMMIGRANTS that are changing the demographics of this country and they have been since the implementation of the 1965 Immigration Act,
We bring in 1.2 million LEGAL immigrants a year--87% of whom are minorities as defined by the USG. Many settle in CA.
According to the Bureau of the Census, 27.2% are foreign born; 43.2% of the those over 5 live in a household where other than English is spoken; 38.1% are persons of Hispanic or Latino origin; 13.6% are Asians; and 39.7% are non-Hispanic whites.
If we don't limit LEGAL IMMIGRATION, then the country is lost if it isn't already. CA is the canary in the coal mine. The demographics of CA today will be what the US looks like in 2050.
The U.S. adds one international migrant (net) every 46 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 310 million, i.e., over 100 million. In the next 40 years, the population will increase by an additional 130 million to 440 million. Three-quarters of the increase in our population since 1970 and the projected increase will be the result of 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.
87 percent 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.
I agree with you that legal immigrants are changing the demographics as well. I read Alien Nation back when it came out in the early 90s, and was appalled that far back. It has only gotten worse. But the shift in California politics that occurred since I have been here is, I believe, directly attributable to the 1986 amnesty, the early 80's SC decision that said that illegals had to be allowed to go to schools, and the motor voter law. Illegals began pouring over the border after 1986. It became easy to claim that you were entitled to amnesty. When Bush got in in 1988, they stopped enforcing employer sanctions, and more came. Then came Clinton and motor voter.
By 1994, it became clear that we had a huge problem. Our moderate Republican governor, Wilson, latched onto the conservative idea of denying benefits to illegals, and the initiative passed overwhelmingly. Even Mexican-Americans supported the idea that illegals should not be given freebies. As it turned out, that was the dying pushback by a dwingling remnant. Had it been allowed to become law, California might still be the great state that it was when I got here. And America might be a lot better off too. Instead, some unelected judges decided, using legislative logic and some bogus arguments, that illegals are entitled to schools, health care, welfare and housing. It was outrageous. And we have been getting buried ever since.
So, legal immigrants have hurt us a lot since 1965. Muzzies in particular have taken advantage of that law to gain a foothold in our cities and our culture. But illegals are a total game changer. There are 20 million of them, and they are a high percentage of the young people.
Demographics are destiny. When Democrats could not win the argument, they changed the demographics. We have to be willing to change the demographics ack, or surrender the country. We can convince Americans that freedom and free markets are best for us. We will never convince mestizos, muzzies and filipinos to vote to uphold America's heritage. They want to destroy it, and then take their piece, like hyenas fighting over a corpse.