There are currently over 42 million legal and illegal “immigrants” in America. They make up 23 percent of school kids, 30 percent of “families in poverty,” 33 percent of those without health insurance, have almost no education, and the largest percentage immigration increase is from Muslim nations.
The figures were all extracted from U.S. Census Bureau data in a new report issued by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), titled “Immigrants in the United States: A profile of the foreign-born using 2014 and 2015 Census Bureau data.”
According to the CIS report, the 42.4 million “immigrant” total is the “highest number ever in American history,” and the 13.3 percent of the “nation’s population comprised of immigrants in 2014 is the highest percentage in 94 years.”
The report also revealed that between 2000 and 2014, 18.7 million new “immigrants” (legal and illegal) settled in the United States.
Despite the recession beginning at the end of 2007, and the weak recovery that followed, 7.9 million new “immigrants” settled in the United States from the beginning of 2008 to mid-2014.
In addition, from 2010 to 2014, new immigration (legal and illegal) plus births to immigrants added 8.3 million residents to the country, equal to 87 percent of total U.S. population growth. The vast majority of these new additions were nonwhite.
The sending countries with the largest percentage increases in immigrants living in the United States from 2010 to 2014 were Saudi Arabia (up 93 percent), Bangladesh (up 37 percent), Iraq (up 36 percent), Egypt (up 25 percent), and Pakistan, India, and Ethiopia (each up 24 percent).
States with the largest percentage increases in the number of immigrants from 2010 to 2014 were North Dakota (up 45 percent), Wyoming (up 42 percent), Montana (up 19 percent), Kentucky (up 15 percent), New Hampshire (up 14 percent), and Minnesota, and West Virginia (both up 13 percent).
In addition, the report revealed that a “large share” of immigrants have low levels of formal education—utterly negating the claims that they are going to “boost the economy.”
Of adult immigrants (ages 25 to 65), 28 percent have not completed high school, compared to 8 percent of natives, the report said.
At the same time immigration has added to the number of less-educated workers, the share of young less-educated natives holding a job declined significantly.
In 2000, 66 percent of natives under age 30 with no education beyond high school were working; in 2015 it was 53 percent.
The report went on to point out that because a larger share of adult immigrants arrive with little education, they are “significantly more likely to work low-wage jobs, live in poverty, lack health insurance, use welfare, and have lower rates of home ownership.”
In 2014, 21 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) lived in poverty, compared to 13 percent of natives and their children. Immigrants and their children account for about one-fourth of all persons in poverty, and almost one in three children (under age 18) in poverty have immigrant fathers.
In 2014, 42 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one welfare program (primarily food assistance and Medicaid), compared to 27 percent for natives.
“Both figures represent an undercount,” the report added, saying that if “adjusted for undercount based on other Census Bureau data, the rate would be 57 percent for immigrants and 34 percent for natives.”
In 2014, 12 percent of immigrant households were overcrowded, using a common definition of such households. This compares to 2 percent of native households.
The lower socioeconomic status of immigrants is not due to their being mostly recent arrivals. The average immigrant in 2014 had lived in the United States for almost 21 years.
There are 10.9 million students from immigrant households in public schools, and they account for nearly 23 percent of all public school students.
There are 64 public school students per 100 immigrant households, compared to 38 for native households.
Because immigrant households tend to be poorer, immigration often increases school enrollment without a corresponding increase in the local tax base, the CIS report said.