Study raises new questions about America's capacity to assimilate growing foreign-born population
Almost a quarter of the nation’s public school students live in immigrant households, raising questions about America’s long-term ability to continue its tradition of assimilation, according to a study released Thursday.
The report, published by the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, indicates that 23 percent of public school students live in a household with at least one immigrant parent. That is more than double the percentage in 1990 and up from 7 percent in 1980.
“We all like to think we’re independent, but the fact is we’re all social animals. It’s a huge question that’s not even being asked.”
Because immigrants are not evenly distributed throughout the country, however, some schools have significantly higher percentages of immigrant children. The report breaks down the data by census units called public use microdata areas, which are roughly between 100,000 and 200,000 residents and generally respect county or city boundaries. The average number of public school students in each PUMA is about 20.600.
The think tank has produced an interactive map showing the data in each PUMA.
Of the nation’s 2,351 PUMAs, just 700 account for two-thirds of all students from immigrant households. Those areas also account for almost a third of all public school enrollment. Within those PUMAs, many have student enrollments where the children of immigrants account for 70 percent or more of all students.Continues: http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/23-percent-of-public-schoolchildren-live-in-immigrant-households/
It sounds awful but I find this really scary. Historically, immigrants have mostly wanted to assimilate and become Americans. That is not the case today. Just the opposite. People now determedly hang on to their birth countries cultures and traditions. There's a post in here someone recently of a report that only a small number of immigrants are even interested in becoming America citizens.
It's like Washington has had no respect or loyalty to this country and they seem just fine with it turning into a Latin country and culture. I seldom think about my heritage but when my ancestors came here in 1623 this country was mostly populated by blacks and whites (both of whom spoke English) and that remained the case until just a relatively few years ago. Now the country basically is a dual-language country and that bothers me. I see this as a black/white country being taken over by Spanish-speaking people with no interest in assimilating.
Here is a copy from that "interactive map" in the article from part of New York City:
New YorkI don't see anything positive for America in this.
NYC-Manhattan Community District 9--Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville & West Harlem
Studentsa from Immigrant households: 60%
Total number of students: 11,893
Poverty rate students in immigrant households: 56%
Poverty rate students in native households: 32%
Poverty rate all students: 47%
Share of all students in poverty from immigrant householdsb: 73%
Number 1 sending country: Mexico, 35%c
Number 2 sending country: Dominican Republic, 30%c
Students who speak foreign language at home: 60%d
Number 1 foreign language spoken: Spanish, 92%d
Number 2 foreign language spoken: Arabic, 4%d
Number of foreign languages spoken: 4d
a All figures are for students in public school schools, private schools are not included.
b Percentage of all students in poverty who are from immigrant households.
c Percentage of students in immigrant households living in a household headed by an immigrant from this country.
d Figures are for students in both immigrant and native households.