Friday, June 24, 2005

Education and immigrants

Edwin S. Rubenstein:

The Census Bureau lumps legal and illegal immigrants together. By its count, as analyzed by Harvard’s George J. Borjas ("The Top Ten Symptoms of Immigration," Center For Immigration Studies, November 1999.), in 1960 the newest arrivals into the United States were better educated than natives. By the end of the 20th century, the newest arrivals had two fewer years of schooling.

As a result of this growing education gap, the relative wages of successive immigrant waves also fell. At the time of entry, the newest immigrants in 1960 earned 13 percent less than natives. By 1998 the newest immigrants earned 34 percent less.

Statistical chicanery aside, the plain fact is that the relative education and incomes of successive cohorts of immigrants have deteriorated.

And the collapse of our southern border is making the matter worse.

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