• immigration has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of American history.
• The economic, social and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding race, ethnicity, religion, economic benefits, job growth, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility, levels of criminality, nationalities, political loyalties, moral values, and work habits.
• Immigration led to a 57.4% increase in foreign born population from 1990 to 2000.
• Controversy has arisen over existing immigration law and immigration outside the law, especially over the 7.5 million illegal alien workers.
Mexico |175,900 |7,841,000 |8,544,600 |9,600,000 |23.7% | |#/year |2000 |2004 |2010 |2010, % | |
Foreign born population among U.S
• Opinions vary about the economic effects of immigration. Those who find that immigrants produce a negative effect on the U.S. economy often focus on the difference between taxes paid and government services received and wage-lowering effects among low-skilled native workers, while those who find positive economics effects focus on added productivity and lower costs to consumers for certain goods and services.
• Immigrants differ on their political views.reigMexicans n lean more towards the Democratic Party; however, because the latter groups are far more numerous (Mexicans alone are nearly 60% of Hispanics), the Democratic Party is considered to be in a far stronger position among immigrants overall.
• The health of immigrants and the cost to the public of immigrants using public health services has been widely discussed and disputed. Immigrants, legal and illegal, use the public health care system, particularly emergency room services. The use of emergency rooms is indicative of low levels of insurance, and research has shown that immigrants have disproportionately low access to health care and underutilize the health care...