"49% of Americans say immigrants strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents, while 41% say they are a burden because they take jobs, health care and housing. In a June 2010 poll, 39% said immigrants strengthened the country while 50% said they were a burden."
"All the data suggests that people come here to work. If people came here to have babies, the flows would be pretty constant, and they are not."
Jeff Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Research Center [Politifact]
Our latest report on Hispanic life finds that nearly two-thirds of the 5.4 million legal immigrants from Mexico who are eligible to become citizens of the United States have not yet taken that step.
"Both immigrants and their children are going to be an important part of the U.S. population in the coming decades. Virtually all the growth in the working age population between now and 2050 will be due to immigrants and their U.S.-born children."
D’Vera Cohn, senior writer at the Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends Project. [Star Tribune]
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