Families and individuals have been moving cities, towns, countries since the beginning of times. Migration is not new, is something we all do or have done looking for better opportunities, sometimes survival. Our immigration system needs serious reform and in the last two years, policies like DACA repeal, Family Separation and shutting down asylum claims at the border, have created mass chaos.
Unauthorized border crossings are down nearly 80% since 2000. At the same time, there are twice as many border patrol agents at the southern border and a dramatic increase in infrastructure and technology along the border.
What has changed is we have seen a substantial increase in families and children claiming for help at the border, following the same proceedings thousands and thousands of Irish, Italian, German and more did years ago, they arrive at the border and request asylum.
There is no crisis threating America related to border control or immigration.
At this time, we find it necessary to share “12 Facts About Immigration” by the Brookings Institute to dispel some myths about immigration and immigrants in the US:
Fact 1: The foreign-born share of the U.S. population has returned to its late-19th-century level.
Fact 2: The rising foreign-born share is driven by both immigration flows and low fertility of native-born individuals.
Fact 3: About three-quarters of the foreign-born population are naturalized citizens or authorized residents.
Fact 4: 80 percent of immigrants today come from Asia or Latin America, while in 1910 more than 80 percent of immigrants came from Europe.
CHAPTER 2. THE EDUCATION, OCCUPATIONS, AND EMPLOYMENT OF U.S. IMMIGRANTS
Fact 5: Immigrants are 4 times more likely than children of native-born parents to have less than a high school degree, but are almost twice as likely to have a doctorate.
Fact 6: Immigrants are much more likely than others to work in construction or service occupations, but children of immigrants work in roughly the same occupations as the children of natives.
Fact 7: Prime-age foreign-born men work at a higher rate than native-born men, but foreign-born women work at a lower rate than native-born women.
CHAPTER 3. THE EFFECTS OF IMMIGRANTS ON THE U.S. ECONOMY
Fact 8: Output in the economy is higher and grows faster with more immigrants.
Fact 9: Most estimates show a small impact of immigration on low-skilled native-born wages.
Fact 10: High-skilled immigration increases innovation.
Fact 11: Immigrants contribute positively to government finances over the long run, and high-skilled immigrants make especially large contributions.