The Economic Realities of U.S. Immigration

Counting the Cost

Mass immigration is changing the fundamental character of America—our culture, institutions, standards, and objectives.  Until recently, our society was the envy of the world, so why are these changes even necessary?  In addition to the ruling class’s commitment to globalism and multiculturalism, the chief reason that is given in support of open borders is the economic benefit to both the United States and the world as a whole.  The burdens, however, are outweighing the alleged benefits.

To get a sense of the size of the burden, we have to look at the demographics of the current immigrant population and compare them with those of native-born U.S. citizens.  A study released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in November 2004 is a good place to start, as it succinctly summarizes the changing demographics of the immigrants.  Since less than 12 percent of the foreign-born population arrived before the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965, foreign-born residents here today are primarily representative of the immigrants that arrived since 1965.

As of 2003, foreign-born residents who arrived before 1970 made up less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population, and, of these, 81 percent were naturalized U.S. citizens.  Total foreign-born residents, however, were 12 percent of the population, and 62 percent of them were not U.S. citizens.  Those who had arrived before 1970...

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