More Immigration Hurts ... Immigrants, Too
Mass immigration - whether legal or illegal - actually inflicts economic harm on immigrants by driving down their wages and reducing their tendency to assimilate to the host nation's culture, a study finds.
WASHINGTON -- The economic progress of immigrants in the United States is slowing, a trend that does not bode well for future generations, a study released Wednesday says.Admitting a tidal wave of low- and unskilled immigrants from cultures totally alien to your own doesn't help anyone - aside from the people whose goals are either driving workers' wages down or destroying the culture of the host country. In America's case, the former doesn't much care if the latter succeeds, so long as there are plenty of people to landscape the gated estates at a cheap price.
The trend is partly due to a larger influx of immigrants with lower levels of education who earn less money, said the study by the Economic Mobility Project, an initiative of the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts.
The study says, however, that immigrants continue to experience upward mobility in the United States and become more affluent with each generation.
"The economic assimilation machine continues to be a powerful force," said John E. Morton, managing director of economic policy at Pew. "But in recent years we have seen notable downward trends. Wages are decreasing substantially for both first- and second-generation immigrants, raising questions about the degree of future potential economic mobility."
Recent immigrants are poorer compared to native-born Americans than at any other time since World War II, it said.
The study was based heavily on data from the Census Bureau, which does not identify immigrants as legal or illegal.