Immigration and Welfare, the Ugly Truth!
Good blog post on Immigration and costs
With the federal deficit growing every minute why do both parties continue to fail at stopping, then reducing immigration that bloats the welfare budgets. The Obama adminisration is growing the federal governments workforce by up 300% while at the same time doing nothing to lessen the horde of unhealthy, uneducated and unskilled immigrants legal and illegal who feed off our taxes. All this is being added too our debt while no income is there to pay the bills. Immigration should be used to benifit our nation, we should be cherry picking the best and brightest who can add to our country. We need doctors, enginneers and scientist not ditch diggers and dish washers. The hard working middle class worker and small business owner is quickly becoming the new “poor & huddled masses”. We can no longer can afford to be the dumping ground for people who cannot succed in there own country. It’s time the policians from both parties start working for the people who elected them. The special interest groups like unions and big bussiness have there own agenda, neither is good for the middle class.
This Backgrounder provides a detailed picture of the number and socio-economic status of the nation’s immigrant or foreign-born population, both legal and illegal. The data was collected by the Census Bureau in March 2007.
Among the report’s findings:
•The nation’s 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 largest increases in immigrants were in California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
•Of adult immigrants, 31 percent have not completed high school, compared to 8 percent of natives. Since 2000, immigration increased the number of workers without a high school diploma by 14 percent, and all other workers by 3 percent.
•The share of immigrants and natives who are college graduates is about the same. Immigrants were once much more likely than natives to be college graduates.
•The proportion of immigrant-headed households using at least one major welfare program is 33 percent, compared to 19 percent for native households.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•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 States.