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Immigrants: Liabilities or assets?

Post by David Seago on Nov. 30, 2007 at 7:11 am |
November 30, 2007 7:11 am

No one who follows presidential politics (or watched Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube debate among the GOP candidates) can miss the fact that illegal immigration has become the hottest of hot-button issues in this country.

Sizzling the keypad is a new “Profile of America’s Foreign-Born Population” released this week by the Center for Immigration Studies. Click this link to see it. The CIS thinks the U.S. is letting in too many immigrants, especially illegal immigrants. Regardless of bias, it’s a serious outfit, and its numbers – crunched from Census data – are generally solid.

Some of the report’s more incendiary findings:

One in three of America’s 37.9 million immigrants is here illegally.

Of adults, 31 percent of immigrants have not completed high school, compared to 8 percent of native-born Americans.

A third of immigrant households are on some form of welfare, compared to 19 percent of natives.

On the plus side:

82 percent of immigrant households have at least one worker, compared to 73 percent of native households.

The main reason many immigrants are poor and welfare-dependent is lack of education, not lack of work ethic.

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