(AP) — New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.
The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia.
Now what? Will Republicans go on a new irrational rampage, this time targeting Asians? But back to those pesky facts…
Demographers say illegal immigration is not expected to reach its mid-2000s peak again due to a weakened U.S. economy, tougher enforcement, and an aging Mexican population.
Tougher enforcement? From that French gay Kenyan Marxist weakling Obama? There must be some mistake!
But no, no mistake. Actually, about half of all states had lower numbers– or no change at all– of foreign-born Hispanics. This includes California, New York, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, the “big immigrant states” that usually see increases.
So to recap: The peak was during the Bush years, the drop came during Obama’s time in office. Just sayin’.
And to all those white Americans who feel unreasonably threatened by the mere thought of becoming a minority themselves, you can postpone your angst:
The immigration shift may have an impact on the future racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S., pushing back official government estimates as to when whites will no longer be a majority in the country.
Boy howdy, did the conservative, paler-skinned among us just breathe a deep sigh of relief.
But of those who are already here and who voted, approximately 73 percent of Asian-Americans cast their ballot for President Obama, as did 93 percent of African-Americans and about 71 percent of Latinos.
Professor of political science and author Zoltan Hajnal and political science doctoral student Jeremy D. Horowitz wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times that is chock full o’ common sense conclusions.
They explain why, without question, minorities do better under Democratic administrations than under Republicans, and it’s all backed up by raw data. Facts are facts, Republicans, no matter how you try to ignore or bend them.
Nor does it matter how many times Mitt Romney (who famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino”) whispers to his donors at secret meetings how President Santa Obama handed out free gifts to all you not-white, not-wealthy, “illegal” people. There’s a reason (or 12) why BigBucks McWrongerson lost the election, and it had nothing to do with socialist, Marxist, Kenyan handouts:
The data we analyzed show unequivocally that minorities fare better under Democratic administrations than under Republican ones. [...]
Under Democratic presidents, the incomes of black families grew by an average of $895 a year, but only by $142 a year under Republicans. Across 26 years of Democratic leadership, unemployment among blacks declined by 7.9%; under 28 years of Republican presidencies, the rate increased by a net of 13.7%. Similarly, the black poverty rate fell by 23.6% under Democratic presidents and rose by 3% under Republicans.
The results for Latinos and Asians, though based on fewer years of data, show the same pattern. [...]
More important, these gains do not come at the expense of whites… These numbers show that economic condition need not be a zero-sum game pitting races and ethnicities against one another.
This also can’t be rationalized by asserting that Democrats just happen to be in power when things are looking up, or because of the fiscal policies of Republicans who preceded them.
Additionally, the longer Democratic administrations are in office, the more minorities experience economic gains, but the opposite is true under Republican presidents. The authors attribute this to education, economic, and immigration policy differences between the two parties that benefit minorities, whose population numbers are growing… one more fact that scares the pants of the GOP.
Please read the whole piece for specifics. In fact, that might be a particularly wise thing for Republicans to do.
More breakdown and analysis here, but the chart speaks volumes about the faces we saw on the t.v. machine the psst few weeks.
Here’s what Grover Norquist tweeted a few hours ago:
By Grover’s math, that was funny around 1964, when Grover was in third grade. He grew up in Weston, MA, a wealthy community that currently is about 90 percent white and 6 percent Asian.
This is the all powerful guru that the GOPutzes fear and revere. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
Added: “3nd”? I just noticed that.
I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me… [Note: it's the Hispanic Student Union. The whole room is Hispanic teenagers.] [...] I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.“
Sharron Angle is Asian? I want to see her birth certificate.
The Nevada election should not be a toss-up.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says Asian players are given privileges in the United States that Latinos are not afforded.
Mind you, while I used to be into baseball in a pretty big way, I no longer have time and have no idea who’s who any more. Hence, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements by Guillen.
He claims that he’s the “only one” in baseball warning young players from Latin America against performance-enhancing drugs. Just him. Not Major League Baseball.
Guillen says it’s unfair that Japanese players are assigned translators when they come to the U.S. to play pro ball, but Latinos are not.
He says a lot more to, here.
Again, I have no idea if what he’s putting out there is true, but those are some provocative assertions about discrimination he’s making.
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