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3-18-10: Hispanics in the US

By Mark Lawrence

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54 million Hispanics now live in the US, many of them illegally. The population of Mexico is 110 million; about 35 million Mexicans live in the US, roughly 12 million of them illegally. A third of all Mexicans now live in the US, 10% of the population of Mexico is here illegally. Just as West Germany and East Germany reunified, apparently we're unifying with Mexico. Here are some interesting statistics.



  • Fifty percent of Hispanic households use some form of welfare, compared to 18% for whites. Over a lifetime, the average adult Mexican immigrant will collect $55,200 more in government services than he or she will pay in taxes. Hispanic illegal immigrants are a net cost to the country as a whole of $45 billion. The net cost to state and local governments for the education, incarceration, and emergency medical care of illegal aliens is $36 billion. The net cost to California is $8.8 billion, or $1,183 per native household. Children of illegal immigrants cost public schools $28.6 billion annually, and 70 percent of the increase in enrollment in public schools from 1991 to 2001 is due to immigration.
  • Hispanics are 3.3 times more likely to be in prison than whites; they are 4.2 times more likely to be in prison for murder, and 5.8 times more likely to be in prison for felony drug crimes.

  • Young Hispanics are 19 times more likely than young whites to be in youth gangs.

  • Hispanics drop out of high school at three times the white rate and twice the black rate.

  • Even third-generation Hispanics drop out of school at a higher rate and are less likely to be college graduates than blacks.

  • From 1992 to 2003, Hispanic illiteracy in English rose from 35 percent to 44 percent.

  • The average Hispanic 12th-grader reads and does math at the level of the average white 8th-grader.

  • Hispanic women have abortions at 2.7 times the white rate.

  • Hispanics are three times more likely than whites not to have medical insurance, and die from AIDS and tuberculosis at three times the white rate.

  • In California, the cost of free medical care for illegal aliens forced 60 hospitals to close between 1993 and 2003. Mexicans are 3.3 times as likely to be medically uninsured as whites. However, In 2004, Hispanics sent $30 billion in remittances to their home country.

  • Only 33 percent of citizens of Hispanic origin consider themselves "Americans" first. The rest consider themselves either "Hispanic/Latino" or their former nationality first. Mexicans are still bitter over the loss of territory that followed the Mexican- American War, and many believe the United States does not have the moral right to control its own borders. 58 percent of Mexicans agree with the statement, "the territory of the United States’ Southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico." 57 percent agree that "Mexicans should have the right to enter the U.S. without U.S. permission."

  • 36 percent of Mexicans say they hold a positive view of Americans. 84 percent of Americans say they hold a positive view of Mexicans. Seventy-three percent of Mexicans say Americans are racist, and only 16 percent say Americans are honest.

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