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Most Say Immigration Policy Needs Big Changes | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Is the our political system reflective of how most of us think?  Does it represent us?  Most Americans want immigration fixed but most politicians are uncomfortable with the issue and most pundits cloud the issue with ideological twists that further prevent us from seeing immigration as a pretty clear cut issue we all want addressed and fixed once and for all.  Again,  the Pew Foundation gives us facts and sheds light when we need it most…

“Americans overwhelmingly say the nation’s immigration policy is in need of sweeping changes. Overall, 75% say immigration policy needs at least major changes, with 35% saying it needs to be “completely rebuilt”—among the highest of seven policy areas tested.

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Yet the broad public agreement that immigration policy should be revamped is not matched by consensus on how to deal with illegal and legal immigration.”

via Most Say Immigration Policy Needs Big Changes | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

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Second-Generation Americans | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

You know what they say about statistics.  When aggregating and analyzing statistics and what they tell us about social trends, we must be careful because the devil is always in the details…. It depends what we are comparing to what…  Of course that second generation is doing well compared to their struggling first generation, “off the boat” parents–but there is some truth that coming to America can still be somewhat of a dream.. You be the judge.  Read the Pew Foundation’s work on Second-Generations …

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“Second-generation Americans—the 20 million adult U.S.-born children of immigrants—are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. They have higher incomes; more are college graduates and homeowners; and fewer live in poverty. In all of these measures, their characteristics resemble those of the full U.S. adult population.

Hispanics and Asian Americans make up about seven-in-ten of today’s adult immigrants and about half of today’s adult second generation. Pew Research surveys find that the second generations of both groups are much more likely than the immigrants to speak English; to have friends and spouses outside their ethnic or racial group, to say their group gets along well with others, and to think of themselves as a “typical American.””

MORE via Second-Generation Americans | Pew Social & Demographic Trends.

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U.S. Foreign-Born Population: How Much Change from 2009 to 2010? | Pew Hispanic Center

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), the U.S. population in 2010 included 39.9 million foreign-born residents. This estimate, the latest available for the foreign-born population, is 1.5 million, or 4%, higher than the survey’s 38.5 million estimate in 2009.1 A variety of additional data, however, suggest that both the absolute increase and the percentage increase in the foreign-born population were substantially smaller. An analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, concludes that the growth in the foreign-born population from 2009 to 2010 is a markedly lower 616,000, or 1.6% (see Table 1).

 

 

 

 

MORE via U.S. Foreign-Born Population: How Much Change from 2009 to 2010? | Pew Hispanic Center.

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As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy – Pew Research Center

Latinos disapprove by a margin of more than two-to-one of the way the Obama administration is handling deportations of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new national survey of Latino adults by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. The survey also reveals that heading into the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama and the Democratic Party continue to enjoy strong support from Latino registered voters, despite a decline in Obama’s job approval rating.

MORE via As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose Obama’s Policy – Pew Research Center.

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