Unless you live under a rock (or in a basement if, according to Hillary Clinton, you’re a Bernie supporter), you’re aware the cornerstone of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been the issue of illegal immigration and the appropriate vetting of Muslim immigrants from countries with less-than-friendly relations with the U.S.
Trump and his supporters have been therefore tarred and feathered (Is that racist? Probably) as racist, xenophobic Islamophobes. Trump has called for a border wall to be built with Mexico, and a temporary halt in Muslim immigration until we sort out our internal process to stop doing things like allowing terrorist Tashfeen Malik in on a fiancée visa with a fake address and “mistakenly” granting citizenship to 858 people who were supposed to be deported because of security concerns.
However, new Census data seems to indicate it’s all too late anyway.
The Washington Examiner reports that the U.S. now has 42.4 million immigrants – legal and illegal – living on our fruited plains, the highest number in our history. But the biggest surprise is the biggest jump came not from Mexico, but from Muslim countries.
According to CIS authors Steven A. Camarota, director of research, and Karen Zeigler, a demographer: “The sending countries with the largest percentage increases in immigrants living in the United States from 2010 to 2014 were Saudi Arabia (up 93 percent), Bangladesh (up 37 percent), Iraq (up 36 percent), Egypt (up 25 percent), and Pakistan, India, and Ethiopia (each up 24 percent).”The full report also includes some alarming facts about the demographics of immigrants – and their impact on employment and the economy.
It’s a baby boom.
From 2010 to 2014, new immigration (legal and illegal) plus births to immigrants added 8.3 million residents to the country, equal to 87 percent of total U.S. population growth.
Immigrant men have higher rates of work than native-born men — 82 percent vs. 73 percent. However, immigrant women have lower rates of work than native-born women — 57 percent vs. 66 percent.
The immigrant population is also having a negative effect on employment for young, unskilled workers. Perhaps the GOP ought to broadcast these statistics to the inner city communities where youth unemployment and crime is high.
At the same time immigration has added to the number of less-educated workers, the share of young less-educated natives holding a job declined significantly. In 2000, 66 percent of natives under age 30 with no education beyond high school were working; in 2015 it was 53 percent.
The expanding welfare nanny-state is serving immigrants, not native-born Americans.
In 2014, 42 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one welfare program (primarily food assistance and Medicaid), compared to 27 percent for natives. Both figures represent an undercount. If adjusted for undercount based on other Census Bureau data, the rate would be 57 percent for immigrants and 34 percent for natives.
Our public school system is suffering.
There are 10.9 million students from immigrant households in public schools, and they account for nearly 23 percent of all public school students. There are 64 public school students per 100 immigrant households, compared to 38 for native households. Because immigrant households tend to be poorer, immigration often increases school enrollment without a corresponding increase in the local tax base.
Barack Obama wasn’t kidding when he bragged about the “fundamental transformation” of America. If this trend continues, our nation will be unrecognizable within the next generation.
And Trump’s border wall with Mexico will barely stem the tide.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]