Tuesday, July 16, 2019


Immigration Has Added 43 Million to U.S. Since 1990

Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2019) –  A new analysis of government data from the Center for Immigration Studies shows that immigration between 1990 and 2017 added nearly 43 million people to the population — including both immigrants and their progeny. However, it had a minimal impact on the share of the population that is of working age. This is because immigration added to both the working-age population and to those outside of the working-age population in nearly equal proportions. The analysis also finds that post-1990 immigration has had a somewhat larger impact on the ratio of workers to retirees. However, raising the retirement age by one year has as large an impact on the ratio as do the nearly 43 million post-1990.

Steven Camarota, the Center's director of research and co-author of the report, said, “Looking at the large and relatively young population of post-1990 immigrants and their progeny is a good test of the often cited argument that immigration can solve the problem of America getting older. However, this analysis demonstrates something researchers have long known: Immigration can add a lot of people to the population – but it is no fix for an aging society.”

View the full report: https://cis.org/Report/Can-Immigration-Solve-Problem-Aging-Society

Among the findings: 
  • In 2017, there were 30.8 million post-1990 immigrants (legal and illegal) and 12 million of their U.S.-born children and grandchildren in the country — 42.8 million in total, or one in eight U.S. residents. 
  • While adding significantly to the population, the presence of post-1990 immigrants and their progeny only increased the working-age (16-64) share of the population from 63.9 percent to 64.4 percent. 
  • The working-age share can be seen as the best way to think about the ability of society to pay for government or support the economy, as both children and the elderly generally do not work and are supported by the labor of others. 
  • Immigration had a small impact on the working-age share because immigrants arrive at all ages, grow older over time, and have children, so they added to both the working-age and those too old or too young to work in nearly equal proportions.
  • Even if the number of post-1990 immigrants and their offspring were doubled to almost 86 million—about one in four residents—it would still only have raised the working-age share to 64.8 percent — 0.9 percentage points higher than if there had been no immigration.
  • Excluding children, and looking only at the number of working-age people (16-64) relative to those of retirement age shows that post 1990-immigration increased the ratio from 3.7 potential workers per potential retiree to 4.1.
  • If the retirement age was raised by just one year, assuming no immigration, the ratio of workers to retirees would be 4.1, matching the effect of post-1990 immigration. 
  • Increasing the retirement age by two years it would have increased the worker to retiree ratio to 4.5 in 2017, significantly more than the 43 million post-1990 immigrants and their children. 
  • While this analysis is focused on all immigrants (legal and illegal), we roughly estimate that 32 percent (13.8 million) of the people immigration has added to the country since 1990 are illegal immigrants or their progeny. Since legal and illegal immigration together have a modest impact on the working-age share or the worker-to-retiree ratio, the impact of illegal immigration by itself is very small.
  • In terms of using immigration as a way to pay for entitlement programs, it must also be pointed out that a large share of post-1990 immigrants and their children struggle, living in or near poverty and using welfare programs at relatively high rates, makes it difficult for them to generate a fiscal surplus to pay for social insurance programs.
  • In 2017, 45 percent of households headed by post-1990 immigrants or their adult children used one or more major welfare programs, compared to 26 percent of native-headed households. The rates of poverty or near poverty for post-1990 immigrants and their children were 50 to 60 percent higher than that of natives.

WATCH: Protesters Replace American Flag with Mexican Flag at ICE Facility


Protesters outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Aurora, Colorado, on Friday removed an American flag from its flagpole and replaced it with the Mexican flag.

Reports said they also removed a Blue Lives Matter flag and spraypainted the words “Abolish ICE” on it, then hung it upside down next to the Mexican flag.
Officials restored the American and Colorado state flag to their place on Friday evening once the crowd had dispersed.
Reports state that hundreds of people gathered outside the facility where illegal immigrants are housed to protest the ICE raids scheduled to begin on Sunday.
“The majority of protesters on site were doing so in a peaceful and law-abiding manner,” the Denver Post reported.
One of the groups hosting the “March to Close the Concentration Camps” event at the facility was the International Socialist Collective of Boulder, the event Facebook pagestates.
The socialist group also posted an event flyer to their own Facebook page that is a call to action for protesters.
It reads:
Tens of thousands of refugees/asylum seekers – babies, toddlers, children, and adults – are being brutalized in concentration camps across the US. People of good conscience must come together to stop the dehumanization and abuse of all who are being held in these horrific conditions. Join us as we hold all elected officials responsible for the continued mistreatment of asylum seekers and the separation of families.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who is a self-described Democratic-socialist, also continues to describe the holding facilities as “concentration camps.”
However, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Yad Vashem, refuted her claims in a tweet on June 19.
“@AOC Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor,” they wrote.
President Trump said on June 22 that he would delay the ICE raids for two weeks in an effort to give Democrats and Republicans more time to find solutions to the immigration problem.

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