3 Shocking Immigration Trends
Chart 1: Record Immigration on Top of Record Immigration
If one were to spend an entire lifetime in the sterile confines of Washington policy briefings, they would come away with the impression that this country admits very few immigrants. After all, everyone in Washington believes that immigration must be vastly increased across the board.
However, the reality cannot be further from the truth and is evident to anyone who steps outside the insular world of the political elites. For most Americans, stories like the Wichita, Kansas school district, where 81 languages are spoken as a result of the massive influx of immigrants and refugees, is not some anomalous hype; it is a reminder that America is no longer the melting pot that has made this country great.
At no point in our history did America even come close to accepting this many immigrants over such a short period of time. Over the 25-year period from 1989-2013, the U.S. has admitted 25.3 million immigrants. During a comparable 25-year period at the height of the Great Wave, from 1900-1924, only 16.8 million green cards were issued. And remember, this period was followed by several decades of very low immigration, which one could argue helped contribute to the successful assimilation of the immigrants from the turn of the century. It’s no wonder none other than Harry Reid was appalled by the unprecedented level of immigration back in 1993. Yet, 22 million immigrants and 12-15 illegal aliens later, he is completely silent.
Even as a percentage of the total population, we are approaching the all-time highest level of foreign-born residents – a level that was only seen when the country was still young and taking root. But over the next few decades, the level of immigration will rise so precipitously that nearly one in every five residents will be an immigrant.
Moreover, a number of individual states already have over 20% foreign born population, with California topping 27%. Some of these states could easily become majority foreign born by 2060.
Chart 2: Explosion of Hispanic Immigration
The apologists for illegal immigration often assert that the crisis is the result of a “broken immigration system” and no viable path to legal immigration. What they glaringly omit is that the primary source of illegal immigration is from Mexico and Latin American countries – the region that has benefited from our legal immigration system in an unparalleled way. In fact, 50% of all immigrants since 1965 have come from Latin America–29% from Mexico alone. Over the past 44 years, 6.65 million people have emigrated from Mexico legally compared to 4.5 million who emigrated from Italy – the previous record-breaking country of origin – from 1880-1929.
The Hispanic share of the American population has gone from just 3.5% in 1960 and 8.8% in 1990 to 17.4% today, topping out at 56 million in raw numbers. According to the Census, by 2060 that number will reach 28.6% of the population. Among those under 18 years of age, Hispanics will then account for 33% of youth. That is one out of every three individuals. Hispanics already comprise 39% of California’s population and are expected to become an absolute majority between 2050-2060. Again, this is under current trajectory with existing law, not the suggested path of the political elites.
While the Hispanic culture, much like other great civilizations helps enrich this country, no other group has ever been granted this degree of destiny over the future of the country. This is not even a salad bowl anymore, much less a melting pot. This is not diversity; it’s an irrevocable transformation of America. Yet, among the political class there is near unanimity of opinion that this eventuality is not enough.
The cost of unprecedented immigration on our school system is incalculable. According to a recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies, a record 61.8 million, or 1 in 5 U.S. residents, speak a language other than English at home. Thirty-seven million residents speak Spanish at home and there are 708 counties where more than 10% of the population speaks Spanish at home. Another recent Pew study shows that in 17 states Latino children account for over 20% of the kindergarten enrollment in public schools. California Governor Jerry Brown claims that 30% of schoolchildren in his state are either “undocumented or don’t speak English.”
Chart 3: America Admits 20% of the World’s International Migrants
The U.S. takes in a lot of immigrants, but how do they stack up against other countries? Pew has the numbers based on 2010 data and it is clear that not only does the U.S. admit more immigrants than any other country, it takes in 20% of all international migrants, even though the U.S. comprises just 4% of the global population.
When immigration policy is prosecuted in such an impetuous, irresponsible, and precipitous fashion that there is no longer a common cause – that there is no longer patriotic assimilation – the America George Washington sought to establish will no longer exist.
THIS IS BARRACK OBAMA’S TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA. AND HIS LEGACY WILL BE THAT HE ADMITTED SO MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO THE UNITED STATES THAT THE COUNTRY WILL VOTE DEMOCRAT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.