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Study: Immigrants In U.S. Assimilating Well

They will speak better English, obtain more college degrees and have higher incomes than previous immigrants.

Aired 11/17/11 on KPBS News.

A new study examining the latest Census data finds those who emigrate to the U.S., especially young immigrants, are assimilating well.

Faustino Hernandez came from Mexico as a teenager. Now in his 30s, he owns the diner in Oceanside, CA where he started working as a dishwasher.
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Above: Faustino Hernandez came from Mexico as a teenager. Now in his 30s, he owns the diner in Oceanside, CA where he started working as a dishwasher.

— The report, called "Assimilation Tomorrow," was co-authored by the Center for American Progress and demographers from USC (University of Southern California).

Focusing on the last great wave of immigration in the 1990s, authors Dowell Myers and John Pitkin found that those immigrants are integrating well into American society and across all generations.

Analyzing demographic trends - including education, home ownership, and English proficiency - the researchers project that by 2030, the current immigrant population will speak better English, have obtained more college degrees, and have higher income levels than previous immigrants.

Myers and Pitkin concluded they are doing better than immigrants who end up in some European countries.

"The coming decade is a pivotal period in the nation’s economic history and deserves to be closely monitored," the authors wrote in the introduction. "The findings of this study demonstrate how rapidly the new immigrant residents are likely to advance. Their success will be a vitally important contribution to the new economy."

There are an estimated 40 million foreign-born residents in the U.S. today; the most ever. That statistic also includes about 12 million undocumented immigrants.

Comments

Avatar for user '87marine'

87marine | November 16, 2011 at 9:24 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

The problem is that there are too damned many of them. And, the ones I see aren't assimilatuing at all. WE need to get a grip on this unfettered immigration problem ....and soon!

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DeLaRick | November 16, 2011 at 12:34 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

87marine,

Did you copy your post from an artifact from a native American Indian tribe? WE don't mind how fast or to what extent these LEGAL immigrants assimilate, so long as they're law-abiding and tax-paying. Please follow your commanding officer's orders until you grow up and join the rest of civil society.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 17, 2011 at 8:18 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree with DeLaRick, the first comment here is very disturbing, especially coming from someone who I presume is part of the U.S. military.

87marine, I certainly hope this bias against LEGAL immigrants isn't a permeated throughout the armed forces, because you work for the American people you protect our country which includes all U.S. citizens.

I always hear the Xenophobic right wing claiming their beef is only with ILLEGAL immigrants, but when put on the spot you see they have hate for even LEGAL immigrants, as evident from 87marine's comment.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | November 17, 2011 at 8:54 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

No De La Rick, 87Marines copied it from a Rickkk Roberts blog! lol

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Missionaccomplished | November 17, 2011 at 8:57 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

"I agree with DeLaRick, the first comment here is very disturbing, especially coming from someone who I presume is part of the U.S. military."

Yes, and to think that some legal resident immigrants join the military as a path toward citizenship, putting their lives on the line when they are shipped out.

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Avatar for user 'gichristian'

gichristian | December 6, 2011 at 5:32 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

I saw the manner in reply to 87Marines post yesterday and I was a little irritated with the manner in which his opinion was put down. Servicemen are entitled to their opinions, and realisticly (if in the service) has paid a heavier price for that opinion than 99% of our society.

There is a huge backlash against immigration, but typically it is against the unregulated masses that citizens see on a daily basis. Xenophobia is a normal reaction to the percieved threat of a change in social norms. I live in Fallbrook and I could say without a doubt that unregulated immigration has definately changed the nature of that town in the last several decades. There are stores that don't speak English and services that have to be rendered in Spanish. It is the way things are, but I don't think it is beyond normal for people who have resided there or in any other area that has changed drasticly (Escondido, Vista, Imperial Beach, etc) to not be resentful. In the long run any group will assimilate but it is difficult in certain areas, it has been that way for decades.

As for instructing him to "follow the orders of his commanding officer", it is pretty childish and shows an inability to follow the course of the conversation.

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