As a new report shows, the United States is importing poverty - mostly from Mexico
National Center for Policy Analysis:
According to a recent study by Heritage Foundation economist Robert Rector:Immigrants, though just 17 percent of the population, represent a quarter of all poverty.
But even that figure is deceptive, because by far the highest poverty rate is for Hispanic immigrants -- again, mostly from Mexico.
Fully one-quarter of Hispanic arrivals earn below the poverty income -- $15,219 for a family of three; most come illegally.
It's mostly illegals -- whose numbers are pegged from 12 million to 20 million -- who are faring poorly:Though just 9 percent of U.S. population, Hispanic immigrants account for 17 percent of the poor -- and their number is growing.
So is the percentage of those without health care coverage -- some 43.6 percent of all noncitizens versus 13.4 percent for those born here; for Mexicans, the number is 54 percent.
Why does this matter? The National Academy of Sciences estimates that every immigrant lacking a high school degree will cost U.S. taxpayers $89,000 during his life, net of taxes paid. The academy further reckons total costs for illegals economy-wide could be as much as $2 trillion.
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