Pew Hispanic has published a new report that provides interesting facts for the thoughtful reader.
The graph posted here is nothing if not a testament to illegal aliens’ ability to survive and thrive without a major amnesty in the 25 years since Reagan’s 1986 IRCA. There is a whole industry of producing counterfeit documents for illegals, and identity theft is a crime that harms a growing number of citizens every year.
The illegals’ own success shows that an additional amnesty to reward lawbreaking behavior is not warranted. They are doing just fine, thank you.
The illegals don’t need to be “brought out of the shadows” because they live and work openly. DREAM Act students demonstrate about their status and nobody gets deported. Illegal kids get free K-12 on the backs of the taxpayers courtesy of the Supreme Court, and they are now demanding a “right” to a subsidized college education as well.
Pew’s report also focused on the kiddies, and contained another noteworthy statistic:
Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood, Pew Hispanic, December 1, 2011
The Pew Hispanic analysis also finds that nearly half (46%) of unauthorized adult immigrants today—about 4.7 million people—are parents of minor children. By contrast, just 38% of legal immigrant adults and 29% of U.S.-born adults are parents of minor children.
The higher number of children plopped out by illegals compared with legal immigrants suggests that the foreigners are taking advantage of America’s jackpot baby misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment (which is unpopular among the citizenry). Why wouldn’t the illegal grab everything they can get? They may be lawbreaking foreign job thieves, but they consistently act in their own self-interest.
60% of adult illegal immigrants in U.S. for 10 years or more, report says, LA Times Blog, December 1, 2011
More than 60% of adult illegal immigrants in the U.S. have lived here for at least 10 years and nearly half have minor children, according to a report published Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center.
The analysis based on data from the March 2010 Current Population Survey and the Pew Hispanic Center’s 2010 National Survey of Latinos shows a marked increase in the long-term duration of illegal immigrants in the U.S. compared with a decade ago.
Currently, about 35% of illegal immigrants adults have been in the U.S. for 15 years or more; in 2000 only about 16% had been in the country for that long, says the report, titled “Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood.”
An additional 28% have been in the country for 10 to 14 years, a percentage has not changed since 2000. Meanwhile, the percentage of illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for fewer than five years dropped from 32% in 2000 to 15% in 2010.
According to the report, the increased duration of unauthorized immigrants in the country reflects a surge in illegal immigration in the late 1990s and early 2000s but has since slowed due to the sputtering U.S. economy and increased border enforcement.
In addition, relatively few of those who have been in the United States for a long time are now returning to their home countries. There are about 10.2 million unauthorized adults living in the country and an additional 1 million children under the age of 18, according to the report.