Do We Need More Hispanics?

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This is adapted from the New Century Foundation`s
report


Hispanics: A Statistical Portrait
]

There
are now 43 million Hispanics living in the United
States. At 15 percent of the population, they have

displaced blacks
as the

largest racial minority
. There used to be so few
Hispanics that until 1980 the Census Bureau did not
make a category from them. Since then,

mass immigration
and

high birthrates
explain the explosion in their
population: they increased at 14 times the white
rate from 2000 to 2005, for example, and at more
than three times the black rate.[1]
Of the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants
in this country, the best guess is that 78 percent
are Hispanic.[2]
The amnesty

President Bush
and a

Democratic Congress
are planning will

legalize them
and, because of the

"family-reunification"
chain-migration
feature of

current immigration law,
ensure we get more in
the future.

Is
this good for America?

The
way to answer the question is to look at the

Hispanics who are already here
and see how they
are doing. We should do this before we open
the door to their

brothers and cousins and aunts and nephews.
That
is the purpose of the report,

Hispanics: A Statistical Portrait
, recently
published by New Century Foundation (NCF).[PDF|HTML]
It is a carefully documented compilation of all the
standard social indices: income, education, crime
rates, welfare use, illegitimacy rates, and much
more.

It may
seem unfeeling to turn an appraising eye on an
entire group. But our policies on amnesty and
immigration will establish the

character of our population
for generations to
come. The decision to open our country to people who
will be the fellow citizens of our children and
grandchildren is not one to be taken in ignorance.
What follow are just a few of the findings from the
NCF report, which is available for download and
circulation.

The Numbers

First,
what is the economic impact of Hispanics? We are
repeatedly told that immigrants do vital work
natives will not do. It is certainly true that

large numbers of low-skilled Hispanics
hold down
wages in certain industries. The result is often

unemployment for natives
and

poverty for the immigrants
—at least by American
standards. In 2004, the median per capita income of
Hispanics was $14,100—less even than that of blacks
($16,000)—and about half the white figure of
$27,500.[3]
The median net worth even of Hispanics born in the
United States was $10,425, or just 12 percent of the
median white net worth of $88,651.[4]

Poor,
low-skilled people consume more in social services
than they pay in taxes, and the Center of
Immigration Studies calculates that the average
Mexican immigrant will collect $55,200 more in
government services during his lifetime than he will
pay in taxes.[5]
The

Federation for American Immigration Reform

estimates that every year the net cost of illegal
immigrants is $45 billion.[6]

Hispanics who are in the country legally and can

get welfare
and go on unemployment seem to lose
their storied willingness to take any available job.
In 2004, for example, Hispanics were about 50
percent more likely to be unemployed than whites,[7]
and in the same year, fully half of all Hispanic
households used at least one form of welfare,
compared to 47 percent of blacks and 18 percent of
whites.[8]

Hispanics are a high-crime population second

only to blacks.
They are 2.3 times more likely
to be in prison than whites (blacks are 6.8 times
more likely), and are four times more likely than
whites to commit

murder
,

robbery
or

assault
.[9]
Given that Mexico is our largest supplier of

marijuana
and

cocaine
, and our

second-largest supplier of heroin
,[10]
it is no surprise that Hispanics are nearly six
times more likely than whites to be

locked up
for drug offenses. These problems are
sure to get worse: Hispanics are no less than 19
times more likely than whites to be members of

youth gangs
(blacks are 18 times more likely).[11]

Hispanics have a reputation for "family values."
But one wonders why. Their

illegitimacy
rate is 45 percent—nearly double
the white rate but lower than the 69 percent rate
for blacks. Hispanic women are 2.7 times more likely
than white women to have abortions,[PDF][12]
and are slightly more likely to get a divorce.[13]
Hispanics are also much more likely than whites to
beat women. One study found Hispanic women are nine
times more likely than white women to report

domestic violence
.[14]

Of all
the major population groups, Hispanics are least
likely to have medical insurance: 33 percent as
opposed to 11 percent for whites and 20 percent for
blacks.[15]
The majority of immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, El
Salvador and Guatemala have no insurance, which
means they get

treatment at public expense.
They avoid routine
care and often show up only when they have reached
the point they need expensive treatment.[16]
Hispanics are three times more likely than whites to
die of

AIDS
, and four times more likely to die of
tuberculosis.[17]
Illegal immigrants come to America without health
screening, and some bring diseases we thought we had
eradicated: polio, typhoid, tuberculosis, plague,
leprosy, and dysentery.[18]
Immigrants—probably

Hispanic
—brought

bedbugs
back to New York City.[19]

Hispanics blame their

bad health
and lack of medical insurance on
poverty, but in 2004, Mexicans saved enough to send
$20 billion in

remittances
back home. Other Hispanics sent home
another $10 billion;[20]
this could have bought a lot of
medical insurance
.

Things
do not look promising for the next generation.
According to one study, Hispanics are nearly three
times more likely to

drop out of high school
than whites and twice as
likely as blacks (43 percent, 26 percent, and 15
percent, respectively).[21]
Even Hispanics who have been in the United States
for

three generations or more
are twice as
likely as whites and slightly more likely than
blacks not to have finished high school.[22]
Hispanics who manage to stay in school do as poorly
as blacks. The average black or Hispanic 12th-grader
reads and does math at about the level of the
average white 8th-grader.[23]

Only
28 percent of Hispanics aged 18 to 24 were in
college in 2003, compared to 38 percent of blacks
and 52 percent of whites. From 1974 to 2003, the
percentage of Hispanic men who attended college
actually declined, while the percentages for every
other group rose.[24]

What
sort of citizens do Hispanics become? Even after
they are naturalized, they remain emotionally
attached to their homelands. In a poll taken by the
Pew Hispanic Center, only 33 percent of

Hispanic-American citizens
said they
considered themselves first or only American.
Forty-four percent still called themselves their

original, pre-immigration nationality
(Mexican,

Salvadoran
, etc.), and another 22 percent said
they were first or only "Latino or Hispanic."
When citizens and non-citizens of Mexican origin are
taken together, 55 percent consider themselves
Mexican, 25 percent Latino or Hispanic, and only 18
percent American.[25]

The
Mexican government works hard to keep it that way.
As Juan
Hernández
of the
Instituto
de los
Mexicanos en el Exterior

(Institute for

Mexicans Abroad
) explained on ABC`s Nightline,
"I want the third generation,
the seventh generation, I want them all to think
`Mexico first.` "
[26]
If there were ever a

sharp conflict
between the United States and
Mexico or any other Hispanic country, it is not hard
to predict

on which side of the controversy
many Hispanics—citizens
or non-citizens
—would fall. 

As the
New Century Foundation report suggests, current
immigration subverts long-standing national goals.
We claim to be

fighting poverty
, but we

import poor people
. We claim to be

fighting school failure
but we

import dropouts
. We claim to be fighting
disease, but we import

tuberculosis
and

plague
. We

claim to be fighting crime,
but we import people
with high crime rates. This is baffling for anyone
not in the uplift business and afraid of running out
of work.

The
process has been a gradual one, but we have redrawn
the lines of the underclass. It used to be that a

certain kind of news stor
y was sure to be about
blacks. No longer. In this sample of recent
headlines, who can tell whether we are reading about
blacks or Hispanics? "Baby Dies in Bucket of
Mom`s Vomit,"


[27]

"Mom Accused of Swinging [her own four-week old]

Baby as Weapon
,"
[28]
"L.A. Police Say Killing Of 3-Year-Old In Gang
Attack Was Intentional,"
[29]
"North Dade Baby Shower Turns Deadly As Gunfight
Breaks Out,"
[30]
"Another `Super Safe Sunday` Ends In Violence."[31]

If we
applied ordinary logic to the question with which we
began—Should we add millions of Hispanics to our
population?—the answer would be a unanimous "no."

However, since

most Hispanics are not white
, the question
becomes one of

race relations,
to which ordinary logic does not
apply.

When
it comes to race, otherwise rational whites seem to
believe the only consideration is to

avoid being called "racist."
The country
therefore does not even ask whether it needs
millions more Hispanics, much less answer the
question honestly.

If we
were rational, we would weigh the pros and cons and
decide that the cons have it. If the newcomers were


white
but had Hispanic rates of

crime, poverty, illegitimacy, school failure,

etc. we would tell them to stay home. But the
thought of telling non-whites to stay home
turns whites to jelly.

This
explains what otherwise makes no sense. It explains
why we appear to have become dissatisfied with only
a

black underclass
, and decided to establish a

Hispanic underclass
as well.

Now
the two can fight each other in

schools
and

prisons
, burden our social system, and cloud our
future for generations to come.

Jared Taylor (email
him) is editor of


American Renaissance


and the author of


Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race
Relations in Contemporary America
.
(For Peter Brimelow`s review, click


here
.)


[1]
Population Division, US Census Bureau,
"Table 3: Annual Estimates of the Population
by Sex, Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin
for the United States: April 1, 2000 to July
1, 2005"
(NC-EST2005-03), (Washington,
DC: USCB, 2006).

[2]
Jeffrey S. Passel, "Size
and Characteristics of the Unauthorized
Migrant Population in the United States
"

(Washington, DC: Pew Hispanic Center, 2006),
pp. i-ii.

[3]
US Census Bureau, "Income, Poverty, and
Health Insurance Coverage in the United
States: 2004"
[PDF](Washington,
DC: USCB, 2005), pp. 4-5.

[4]
Rakesh
Kochhar, "The
Wealth of Hispanic Households: 1996-2002
,"

(Washington, DC: Pew Hispanic Center, 2004),
p. 2.

[5]
Steven Camarota,
"Immigration
from Mexico: Assessing the Impact on the
United States
"
(Washington, DC:
Center for Immigration Studies, 2001),.
Accessed June 20, 2006.

[6]
Federation for American Immigration Reform,
"The
Estimated Cost of Illegal Immigration
"

(Washington, DC: FAIR, 2004),. Accessed June
20, 2006.

[7]
US Census Bureau, Ethnicity
and Ancestry Statistics Branch, Population
Division,

Current Population Survey, Annual Social and
Economic Supplement, 2004

(Washington, DC: USCB, 2004), , Accessed
June 19, 2006.

[8]
US Census Bureau,

Current Population Survey, Annual Social and
Economic Supplement, 2005

(Washington, DC: USCB, 2005), Accessed June
19, 2006.

[9]
The total numbers of white and Hispanic
prison and jail inmates were divided by
figures for the white and Hispanic
population 18 years and older to determine
rates. Children were excluded because they
normally do not enter the adult criminal
justice system. Numbers of prisoners are
from Paige M. Harrison and Alan J. Beck,
"Prisoners in 2004"[PDF]

(Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, Bureau
of Justice Statistics, 2005), p. 8 and from
US Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of
Prisons, "Quick
Facts about the Bureau of Prisons
"

(Washington, DC: BOP, 2006),. Accessed June
19, 2006. Numbers of jail inmates are from
Paige M. Harrison and Alan J. Beck,
"Prisoners and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2005"

(Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, Bureau
of Justice Statistics, 2006), p. 8.
Population data are from Population
Division, US Census Bureau, "Table 4:
Annual Estimates of the Population by Age
and Sex of White alone Not Hispanic for the
United States: April 1, 2000 to July 1,
2005"
(Washington, DC: USCB, 2006) and
Population Division, US Census Bureau,
"Table 4: Annual Estimates of the Population
by Age and Sex of Hispanic or Latino Origin
for the United States: April 1, 2000 to July
1, 2005"
(Washington, DC: USCB, 2006).

[10]
Anthony P. Placido,
Congressional Testimony, "Threat
Convergence Along the Border: How Does Drug
Trafficking Impact our Borders?
"

(Washington, DC: US Drug Enforcement Agency,
2005),. Accessed June 20, 2006.

[11]
New Century Foundation,

"The Color of Crime,"
2d ed.
(Oakton, VA: NCF, 2005), p. 11.

[12]
Alan Guttmacher
Institute, "Abortion in Women`s Lives"
[PDF](Washington,
DC: AGI, 2006), p. 20. Rates for Hispanics
and whites were determined by comparing the
percentages of total abortions accounted for
by white and Hispanic women with their
percentages of the total population.
Population data from "Table 4: Annual
Estimates of the Population by Age and Sex
of White alone Not Hispanic "
and
"Table 4: Annual Estimates of the Population
by Age and Sex of Hispanic or Latino
Origin."

[13]
Matthew D. Bramlett
and William D. Mosher, "First Marriage
Dissolution, Divorce, and Remarriage: United
States,"[PDF]

Advance Data From Vital and Health
Statistics; No. 323. (Hyattsville, Maryland:
National Center for Health Statistics,
2001), p. 1.

[14]
Craig A. Field and Raul
Caetano
,

"Longitudinal Model Predicting Mutual
Partner Violence Among White, Black And
Hispanic Couples in the United States
General Population,"
Violence
Victims
, vol. 20, no. 5 (Oct. 2005).

[15]
"Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance
Coverage in the United States: 2004,"
p.
18.

[16]
Steven A. Camarota,
"Immigrants
in the United States—2002
"

(Washington, DC: Center for Immigration
Studies, 2002),. Accessed June 20, 2006.

[17]
Donna L. Hoyert
et al.,

Deaths: Final Data for 2003,

National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 54,
No. 13 (Hyattsville, MD: National Center for
Health Statistics, 2006),pp. 44-47.

[18]
Federation for American Immigration Reform,
"Illegal
Immigration and Public Health
"

(Washington, DC: FAIR, 2005),. Accessed June
20, 2006.

[19]
Bryan Virasami,


"City Takes Aim At Exploding Bed Bugs
Problem
,"
Newsday, September
19, 2006.

[20]

 "Remittances Sent Home by Mexicans Hits $20
Billion,"
Reuters, Jan. 31, 2006.

[21]
US Census Bureau, Population Division,
Current Population Survey, February 2006

[Computer file, available

here
] (Washington, DC: USCB, 2006).

[22]
Ibid.

[23]
US Dept. of Education, National Center for
Education Statistics, National Assessment of
Educational Progress,

The Nation`s Report Card

(Washington, DC: NCES, 2005),. Accessed June
20, 2006.

[24]
Lisa Hudson, Sally
Aquilino
, and Gregory Hudson, "Post-Secondary
Graduation Rates by Sex and Race/Ethnicity:
1974-2003
,"
Education Statistics
Quarterly
, Vol. 7, Nos. 1-2, 2005,.
Accessed June 20, 2006.

[25]
Pew Hispanic Center and Kaiser Family
Foundation,

"2002 National Survey of Latinos,"

(Washington, DC: Pew Hispanic Center, Menlo
Park: Kaiser Family Foundation, 2002), p.
29.

[26]
Howard Sutherland,

"Mexico`s Northern Strategy,"
The
American Conservative, March 10, 2003.

[27]
Adam Goldman, "Baby
Dies in Bucket of Mom`s Vomit
,"

Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2006.

[28]
Associated Press, "Mississippi
Professor Gets Jail for Covering Son With
Ants, Hot Sauce
,"
November 21, 2006.

[29]
Richard Winton and Erika
Hayasaki,

"L.A. Police Say Killing Of 3-Year-Old In
Gang Attack Was Intentional,"
Los
Angeles Times
, October 10, 2006.

[30]
Aldo Nahed and
Rob Barry,

"North Dade Baby Shower Turns Deadly As
Gunfight Breaks Out,"
Miami
Herald,
Nov. 20, 2006.

[31]
Francis McCabe, "Another
`Super Safe Sunday` Ends In Violence,"

Times (Shreveport), June 27 , 2005.