Hispanic Population Growth Now Driven More by Births, Not Immigration

From a Pew Research Center analysis of the latest Census data:

In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the Mexican-American population grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million as a result of new immigrant arrivals. This is a change from the previous two decades when the number of new immigrants either matched or exceeded the number of births.

The current surge in births among Mexican-Americans is largely attributable to the immigration wave that has brought more than 10 million immigrants to the United States from Mexico since 1970. Between 2006 and 2010 alone, more than half (53%) of all Mexican-American births were to Mexican immigrant parents. As a group, these immigrants are more likely than U.S.-born Americans to be in their prime child-bearing years. They also have much higher fertility.

(Source: The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center)

Mexican immigration has also fallen substantially in recent years:

According to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of Mexican government data, the number of Mexicans annually leaving Mexico for the U.S. declined from more than one million in 2006 to 404,000 in 2010-a 60% reduction.2 This is likely a result of recent developments in both the U.S. and Mexico. On the U.S. side, declining job opportunities and increased border enforcement (Passel and Cohn, 2009) may have made the U.S. less attractive to potential Mexican immigrants. And in Mexico, recent strong economic growth may have reduced the “push” factors that often lead Mexicans to emigrate to the U.S. As a result, there were fewer new immigrant arrivals to the U.S. from Mexico in the 2000s (4.2 million) than in the 1990s (4.7 million). However, the Mexican-American population continued to grow rapidly, with births accounting for 63% of the 11.2 million increase from 2000 to 2010.

Source: The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center


BSK

So now the xenophobic folks will decry Hispanics for being hypersexualized instead of law-breaking border jumpers? Great!

Ali

Actually, they're both. Many of the "immigrants" referred to in this piece are illegal aliens who are giving birth in this country at our expense. 30% of the welfare recipients in California live in households headed by illegal aliens who collect welfare on behalf of their US-born kids. And you wonder why Americans are fed up?

BSK

Stats? Citations? Anything?

trip

You could ask any resident of Southern California and wouldn't need a study to tell you - Mexican parents, on average, have more children than any other race.

Mark Wolfinger

It's not that they are more fertile. It is because they belong to a church that blackmails its members (with threats of eternal damnation) if they do not produce babies on a regular basis.

The problem is not with Mexicans. It is their church.

Alex in KY

There are over a billion of us Catholics in the world. Why have we not over run the entire world based on your logic? I live in a very Catholic city, but for some reason we have not spread to the rest of the state with our "out of control breeding" just because you are a bigot does not give you the right to spew your hate.

Clancy

Not to split hairs, but Hispanic and Mexican-American are not the same thing.

Eric M. Jones.

And they live longer than Blacks or Whites!

But you need to live in Mexico for a while to understand that most Mexicans have more class than an average whtebread US person can understand. I no longer think that Western-Europeans have the right to out-breed other races. If we need more people, then Mexicans will do just fine.

Population pressures will finally destroy the world. And if you believe in AGW, then quit having so many kids. The CO2 footprint of one kid is 10,000,000 pounds of CO2.

Ali

We don't need people and if Mexicans are so wonderful, why is it so many of them love their country only when they don't live in it?

It's noteworthy that Hispanics have the highest drop out rates, a rate of unwed births that's twice that of Blacks, and high and rising teen pregnancies, all of which are precursors to poverty. Mexicans will not "do just fine", particularly if they maintain their Mexican identities.

Daniel Aguirre

Dear Ali,

I am a very proud Mexican. I have spent my entire life in Mexico (with the exception of a wonderful trip to Disney in America and a visit to Canada). I think that people here south of the border should also be proud of our Mexican identity. I am not saying there are no good things we can learn from our northern neighbors, because I think we could borrow some values characteristic of Americans, like their excellent work ethic, or their sense of duty toward country. But our rich cultural traditions and historic heritage, our own national soul, is not something we should repudiate in favor of, with all due respect, an "americanization" of our national identity.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel Aguirre

Ali

The authors also ignore the fact that many of those whom they are calling "immigrants" are illegal aliens with no legal right to be in the U.S. And of course, births to immigrants and illegal aliens result in a population increase that is directly due to immigration.

Alex in KY

I can attest to the fertile part of the story. My wife whose father came from Mexico and mother is 100% mexican recently got married. And three weeks after the wedding we found out she was pregnant.

BSK

A data point of one. GREAT!

Hey, most, if not all, of the girls on those stupid "16 and Pregnant" shows are white, so we can probably conclude that white girls are uber fertile, right?

Idiot.

DaveyNC

I have no problems with immigrants, Hispanic or otherwise. The problem is the qualifier that is inevitably left off whenever someone in the media writes about Hispanic immigrants. That qualifier is the word "illegal". The problem is the illegal immigrants, not the legal ones.

Can somebody explain to me why that word doesn't get written in front of the word "immigrants" in these types of stories?

Ulysses

Certainly giving them a better path to citizenship, so that they might not be relegated to working sub-minimum wage in kitchens, might help ward off some of the poverty social immobility mentioned here. And it may even deter the ones who come here looking for an easy ride with no intention of acquiring citizenship so as to avoid taxes.

Brittanicus

WE NEED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. REDUCE THE DEBT CEILING BY MANDATING E-VERIFY, SECURE COMMUNITIES AND URGENTLY SECURING THE US BORDER.

Has any American thought to question the Liberals and Democrats, why they think the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act is broken? Is so, like any bill--why cannot be amended, as they are able with any law that passes through Congress? Again, the next question is why these people in the Senate are pushing for another Amnesty, when such an event would injure the American people adding to the bleeding national deficit. Even if the Congress found the votes to pass another Amnesty, isn't it incredulously pathetic to add another 2.5 Trillion to the US treasury 14.5 Trillion dollars deficit. This is according to the Heritage Foundation Robert Rector's projection, after analyzing the 1986 volume Amnesty that cost only 76 Billion dollars. Are you willing to have your tax dollars spent on legitimizing every person who breaks our laws? For over three decades nothing has been done, in fact the Simpson/Mazzoli bill was an absolute failure.

IF AMERICANS DON'T START SPEAKING UP AND DEMANDING THAT THEIR OWN INTERESTS ARE FULLY RECOGNIZED BY THE POLITICIANS, THEY WILL BE SADDLED WITH AT LEAST 20 MILLION FOREIGN NATIONALS, WHICH THEY WILL HAVE TO SUPPORT, PLUS GOD KNOWS HOW MANY FAMILY MEMBERS UNDER THE CHAIN MIGRATION LAW.

The world of Academia have stated in many publications, that is mostly Liberal progressive oriented media that immigration of any kind, is good for the economy? They insult Californians, Arizonians; Nevadans legal residents burgeoned down with a never ending influx of poverty, which taxpayers are--FORCED-- to sustain. Fair's statement is, "American taxpayers spend $113 billion annually subsidizing illegal immigration and padding the pockets of businesses addicted to cheap labor. Taxpayers at the state and local levels bear the brunt, providing $84 billion in services annually while the federal government spends $29 billion. In some states, reducing the fiscal burden of illegal immigration would represent nothing short of an economic miracle: The latter figure is — incidentally — almost exactly equal to the interest payment on the total federal debt this past April. Of course, the debt continues to grow uncontrollably because the government must borrow to keep up with, among other things, the growing cost of illegal immigration.

The report examines the likely consequences if an amnesty for the illegal alien population were adopted similar to the one adopted in 1986.Estimates are in--BILLIONS--of dollars. This is also based on only 13 million foreign nationals squatting here. The full report is available in pdf format. http://www.fairus.org/site/DocServer/USCostStudy_2010.pdf?docID=4921

Federal Expenditures on Illegal Aliens

Education Title 1 program $1,332,900,000
Migrant education program $236,900,000
Title 111 program $538,000,000

Education Subtotal $2,107,800,000

Medical Emergency medical care $250,000,000
Fraudulent use of Medicaid $1,235,000,000
Medicaid cost of childbirth $1,238,100,000
Medicaid for children $1,626,800,000
other medical outlays $1,600,000,000

Medical Subtotal $5,949,900,000

Law enforcement Scaap compensation $330,000,000
Federal incarceration $678,400,000
Byrne grants $24,300,000
Detention and removal $2,545,000,000
Project safe neighborhoods $39,500,000

Residual ice functions $2,824,000,000
Exec. Office of immigration review $222,500,000
Southwest border prosecution $33,000,000
National Guard $642,000,000
Coast Guard $500,000,000

Law Enforcement Subtotal $7,838,700,000

Public assistance Free and reduced meal program $2,264,600,000
Temporary assist. Needy families $1,030,000,000
Housing assistance programs $637,000,000
Child care & development fund $633,000,000
Public Assistance Subtotal $4,564,600,000

General expenditures $8,184,400,000

TOTAL $28B, 645,400,000

State/Local Expenditures on Illegal Aliens ($ M)

Alabama $298 Illinois $4B,592 Montana $32 Rhode Island $278
Alaska $139 Indiana $608 Nebraska $262 S. Carolina $391
Arizona $2B,569 Iowa $350 Nevada $1B,191 S. Dakota $33
Arkansas $244 Kansas $442 New Hampshire $123 Tennessee $547
California $21B,756 Kentucky $280 New Jersey $3B,478 Texas $8,878
Colorado $1,451 Louisiana $224 New Mexico $608 Utah $453
Connecticut $957 Maine $41 New York $9B,479 Vermont $38
Wash D.C. $312 Maryland $1B,724 N. Carolina $2B,063 Virginia $1B,905
Delaware $305 Massachusetts. $1B,862 N. Dakota $32 Washington State $1B,510
Florida $5B,463 Michigan $929 Ohio $563 W. Virginia. $31
Georgia $2B,399 Minnesota. $744 Oklahoma $465 Wisconsin $883
Hawaii $155 Mississippi. $106 Oregon $705 Wyoming $51
Idaho $188 Missouri $338 Penn. $1B,378 TOTAL $83B,851

RECEIPTS FROM ILLEGAL ALIENS

Category federal State/local

Income -$2,302,800,000 $244,200,000
Social security $7,000,000,000
Medicare tax $1,637,100,000
Excise and miscellaneous $2,489,700,000
Employer (FUTA & income) $632,600,000
Property tax $1,378,000,000
Sales tax $2,333,000,000

TOTAL $9B, 456,600,000 $3B, 955,200,000

Fair also provided, “The savings can't be realized overnight because much of the expense is mandated by law requiring the education of the children of illegal aliens, many of whom are U.S. born, and for emergency medical treatment. But it is a responsible step in the right direction. Reducing these costs requires the administration to actually enforce existing immigration laws, complete border fencing, allow states to participate in the enforcement process, and otherwise deny benefits and incentives to illegal aliens. Fewer than 6 percent of legal immigrants were admitted because they possessed skills deemed essential to the U.S. economy. Most are admitted because of family ties to earlier immigrants, many of whom are living in poverty or near poverty. As a result, immigration bloats an already-existing surplus of low-skilled workers, increasing job competition and driving down wages for American workers.

We can all stand with our fellow jobless countryman by Calling House and Senate Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 As a conclusion, Arizona needs our help from years of a neglected border and the flow of--ECONOMIC--foreign nationals. Don't take my word for the facts, as you can find the ugly truth of the illegal settlement at NumbersUSA that has been forced upon us for over thirty years. There have been 6 hidden small Amnesties and the clandestine millions of skilled workers that have arrive here every year, in competition from US workers high paying jobs.

Those not content with the governments excuses for not constructing the REAL DOUBLE FENCE--can donate to the website at: https://www.buildtheborderfence.com/azborder/index.xhtml

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