United States counties that share a border with Mexico continue to struggle with educational achievement, poverty, access to health care and federal crimes, according to a new study by the University of Texas at El Paso's Institute for Policy and Economic Development.
The study, "At the Cross Roads: U.S./Mexico Border Counties in Transition," was prepared for the U.S./Mexico Border Counties Coalition. The two-year study takes a unique approach by grouping the 24 counties along the border of Mexico as a "51st state" and comparing it to the rest of the country.
The coalition announced the results of the study at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this week.
Among the findings:
- Border counties would rank No. 1 in federal crime as a 51st state, primarily because of drug and immigration arrests.
- If San Diego County is not included, border counties would rank last in per capita income. With San Diego County, border counties would rank 39th.
- If considered a 51st state, the border counties would rank 50th in percent of residents above the age of 25 who have completed high school.
- As a 51st state, border counties would rank last in the number of health care professionals available for residents.
Coalition officials will use the study to illustrate the problems facing the border when they meet with members of Congress in coming weeks.
The jerks in the US Senate want to deliver even more of this deterioration of American society. America has a lousy elite. Americans need to get a lot more angry at the failure of Washington DC to obey the popular will on immigration. Time to build a wall. Time to deport all the illegal aliens and stop the influx of low IQ legal immigrants as well.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2006 March 09 09:11 PM Immigration Societal Decay|