The OP source article
is based on an interview
with Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) where he references a report that he authored. There is some interesting information
that should be taken into consideration when viewing this CIS
1. CIS advocates
for immigration reduction in the United States. I have no
problem with that aim. However, I think this fact should be understood, and their reports viewed in that context.
2. CIS increased the estimate of illegal immigrants in the US by approximately 5 million from the generally accepted 11 million figure. However,
of illegals includes the
with at least one illegal alien parent:
Taken together, the best available evidence indicates that there were a total of 15.7 million illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born
children in the adjusted December 2015 CPS
As many have argued in this thread, being born is the US makes one a US citizen. So their estimate is at least misleading.
3. When the term immigrant is used, many people immediately think about the large number of immigrants from Mexico and South and Central America.
However the following chart from the Pew
indicates that while Mexico is the largest source of foreign nationals, South and East Asia represent a close second with Europe
and Canada filling out the rest of the trifecta.
4. Approximately 650,000
of the legal immigrants in the US are here on
. These are high tech workers such as scientists and engineers. There is some
controversy concerning these Visas. Some believe that these legal immigrants take high-tech jobs from American Citizens. Others see these as a
necessary evil required to fill high-tech positions that remain vacant due to a lack of available human resources in the US.
5. Immigrants currently entering the US are better educated than the average American. According to this
, 41% of newly arrived immigrants in 2013 had Bachelor degrees or better. While the general educational level of attainment of
is about 32%. However, it should be noted that the
percentage of new immigrants living in poverty is 28%, while the general US population poverty level for the same time period is about 19%.
In summary, I must say that, like the OP, I have mixed feelings about the number of immigrants living in the US. For me there are a number of
unanswered questions. The actual national impact of immigrants, both legal and illegal, is a complex issue. There are short term issues, like the
impact of immigrants on the economy, particularly with respect to employment. And there are long term issues, such as the impact on infrastructure,
education, and the environment.
I have presented the information in this post in an attempt to provide a more rounded view of the impact of immigration on the United States. As I
have stated, I have mixed feelings about the issue. However, I strongly believe in our motto of "Deny Ignorance." The only way I believe this can be
done is by looking at both sides of the debate.