BOGUS IMMIGRATION STATS?
Victor Davis Hanson provides some disturbing statistics:
A resistance to fully assimilating into American society and the de-emphasis of “American” in Mexican-American, has impeded the Mexican immigrant population’s upward mobility in California. That notion is borne out by data compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies, the Washington-based public policy group headed by immigration expert Mark Krikorian. Some 65 percent of Mexican immigrants in California are high school dropouts, according to the center, compared to only 7 percent of the native-born population. Some 41 percent of Mexican immigrant households are on the public welfare rolls, compared to 14 percent of natives.
The socio-economic status of Mexican immigrants barely improves over time. Nearly 55 percent of Mexican immigrants are living in or near poverty after residing here in this country more than 20 years. Some 45 percent are without health care after 20 years and 37 percent are still relying on welfare.
The reality is that second and third generation Mexican-Americans are barely better off than their forebears who immigrated to this country.
Hmm. Can this truly be correct? It’s not surprising that Mexican immigrants would be less likely to assimilate, given the sheer numbers and thus ability to live among people of the same cultural background. Ethnic enclaves are nothing new in U.S. history. But could it be that this large a percentage of them are on welfare and dropping out of school? This seems rather unlikely. Does anyone reading this do work on this subject and/or have links to the data?
(Hat tip: John Hawkins)