Friday, October 27, 2006

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.

Furchtgott-Roth vs. Malanga On The Economics Of Immigration

Importing Poverty

Affording Gaithersburg


At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Immigrants, though just 17 percent of the population, represent a quarter of all poverty.

And what about those who anyone can see are poor, with all the social aspects of that, but earn above the official poverty line? I would expect this number would be a good deal worse if you look at it that way -- i.e. I don't believe all that many Hispanics make it into what can be called the solid middle class or above.

As you posted, almost half of Hispanic girls bear children while teenaged, and it's a sure bet a sizable majority of them are not married. And it is firmly established that single teenage motherhood, especially among non-whites, is all but a one-way ticket to a life of poverty.

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Finn said...

This is the problem with both of our political parties: the Democrats want immigration because they see Hispanics as an important voter group while the Republicans like Hispanics because they see immigrants as chear labor. The fact that Hispanics are increasing the level of poverty in the United States is unimportant to either party.

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

This can't work in reality, that's what I think.
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