Tag Archives: Immigrants

The changing face of American immigrants


So Pew Research Center has looked at where this country’s immigrants have come from in the last 40 or so years. Interestingly, last fiscal year, most of our immigrants came from the Democratic Republic of Congo.


No, they’re not taking our jobs

unamerica-indianA new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says that immigrants are not taking our jobs. The report also addresses whether immigrants burden government budgets, but that’s another story.

(By the way? That links takes you to a page where you can download it for free, as I did. I thought I could download it and then share it, but no. They saw me coming.)

(Be warned. It’s 509 pages.)

In short, in regard to they’re-taking-our-jobs thing, the report said:

  • In the long term, there is little to no negative effect on overall wages and employment on native-born workers.
  • Some immigrants who came earlier and were still in low-wage jobs still earn less and have difficulty finding jobs because of newer arrivals.
  • Teenagers who drop out of school are affected, though not as much as you might imagine.
  • Highly skilled immigrants have a positive impact on the economy. And they create jobs.


Oh, irony! Thy name is Bosnia.

downloadThe Guardian has an interesting story outta Missouri (saLUTE!) about how Bosnian immigrants might turn that swing state blue.

As with so many immigrant groups, some of the rhetoric that has passed for conversation during this election has moved people to register to vote — some for the first time.

How do we feel about immigrants?

1892_small_fullsizeLeftover sends this incredible study from the Public Religion Research Institute. The study includes:

More than two-thirds (68%) of young adults (age 18 to 29) say that immigrants coming to the U.S. strengthen the country, while fewer than one in five (19%) say that immigrants threaten traditional American customs and values. In contrast, only 36% of seniors (age 65 and older) believe that newcomers strengthen American society, while close to half (44%) of seniors believe that immigrants coming to the U.S. are a threat. Notably, 12% of seniors offer no opinion on this issue.


Religiously unaffiliated Americans, those who belong to non-Christian religious traditions, and non-white Christians hold the most positive views of immigrants. At least seven in ten Unitarian Universalists (81%), Hindus (73%), Muslims (72%), and Hispanic Catholics (70%) say that newcomers coming to the U.S. strengthen the country.


Well, THIS is troubling how the U.S. sees immigrants

CRt_zAsXIAIeFw4It’s from the Pew Research Center.

Where we’re from

2015-06-03-1433319897-2887734-DREAMactCheck out some of the origins of immigrants in these American cities, from The Atlantic’s CityLab.

Surely we can figure out the refugee crisis

CN65YLhWsAQJG6II know it’s more complicated than this, but in 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

When Ms. Lazarus wrote that poem, my entire family had already been in this country more than 200 years — some even longer, if you count the family members who met the boats bearing their soon-to-be-family from Scotland and Ireland. Surely we can — as a world — figure the European refugee crisis out?

Here’s some more information about the Syrian little boy being carried from the water by the Turkish police officer. The boy was 3. His name was Aylan. His mother and 5-year old brother also died when their boat capsized.

Here are a few things people are suggesting in the UK. What about us?