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2012 March 13 Tuesday
California's Grim Demographics

Heather Mac Donald takes a look at how poorly Hispanics are doing in California. As goes California so goes the rest of the nation in a generation or two.

The family situations of these young gangbangers are typical of California’s lower-class Hispanic population, characterized by high rates of single parenthood, teen pregnancy, and welfare use. Michael’s unmarried mother is on welfare. The mother of Salvador’s 16-year-old girlfriend recently sent her to Washington State to keep her away from him—too late, since she is already pregnant. “If she has the kid, I’ll stop messing around and take care of it,” he says. Salvador’s father was arrested in January for drug possession and deported after serving time in the Orange County jail; he is presently planning his return. Casimiro claims that his parents tolerate his gang activities: “I be going to parks and I be like, I was like kind of nervous in the beginning but I was like, ‘Get used to it,’ but they were cool with it,” he says. Perhaps Casimiro is accurately conveying his family’s attitudes toward his gang-banging; social workers in Santa Ana and Los Angeles tell of multigenerational gang families in which the fathers smoke pot and take meth with their children. Equally likely, however, is that Casimiro’s parents oppose criminality but cannot keep him away from the streets.

Multigenerational gang families. Since we've left the Malthusian Trap we no longer have selective pressures to increase the incidence of cultural beliefs and and genes for middle class behaviors. (and more here and here and here). We would need an end to the welfare state, draconian police enforcement and other policies currently beyond the pale to create the pressures needed to end Hispanic gang culture. Absent a revolution in upper class thinking I expect our society to deteriorate.

Some of the more Panglossian pundits on the Right try to argue that Hispanics should be targeted for recruitment since they embrace family values. This is delusional. Over half of all Hispanic births are out of wedlock.

on Pederson works as a pastor in the Willard area of Santa Ana, a formerly middle-class neighborhood of stucco apartment blocks whose balconies now sport bright blue tarps and small satellite dishes. Participation in gangs and drug culture is rising in the second and third generation of Hispanic immigrants, he observes. “It’s a perfect storm. When a family comes from Mexico, both parents need to work to survive; their ability to monitor their child’s life is limited.” Families take in boarders, often kin, who sometimes rape and impregnate the young daughters. “Daddy hunger” in girls raised by single mothers is expressed in promiscuity, Pederson says; the boys, meanwhile, channel their anger into gang life. Nearly 53 percent of all Hispanic births in California are now out of wedlock, and Hispanics have the highest teen birthrate of all ethnic groups. Pederson saw similar patterns as a missionary in Central America: teen pregnancy, single-parent families with six or eight serial fathers, and high poverty rates.

I despair for the future of the United States.

Update: Also see Heather's article Less Academics, More Narcissism. Also see Lost Angeles by Joel Kotkin. LA is going to fade into insignificance.

By Randall Parker    2012 March 13 09:34 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (26)
2010 September 27 Monday
Learning By Your Kid Getting Beaten Up

Some people are so thick they only start to get a clue when their kid gets beaten up repeatedly. Now this Danish lady has had her faith in multiculturalism beaten out of her kid. But she can't think her way out of her mental box.

She mentions several other frustrating examples of how immigrants don’t live up to Danish standards — like throwing rubbish in the street and noisy behaviour.

“You have to watch your mouth, though. I don’t want to be accused of being a racist. But I live in a neighbourhood with a problematic mixture of inhabitants. There are ghettos in a lot of ways. When I get annoyed at young people running around and causing trouble I tell myself that it is not because they are immigrants. I’m annoyed by them because they cause trouble. But at the same time I have to say that 90 percent of the people who frustrate me because they don’t behave decently, … they are not Danes. I’m not annoyed by them because they are not Danes, but because they don’t behave like decent people.”

It is not because they are immigrants. But they are not Danes.

I think when we find ways to make our lives easy we should just maintain our lives and our societies in ways that make our lives better and seek to avoid changes that will mess up our lives. Unfortunately this view makes me a statistical outlier.

By Randall Parker    2010 September 27 09:53 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (37)
2010 July 07 Wednesday
Quarter Of California Children Never Saw Dentist

Here in the Third World dental care is becoming more rare.

Lack of dental care continues to be a significant problem for American children, who miss about 1.6 million school days each year due to dental disease.

A new study published in the July issue of the journal Health Affairs reveals that in California, nearly 25 percent of children have never seen a dentist and that disparities exist across race, ethnicity and type of insurance when it comes to the duration between dental care visits.

The study, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Dental Care for Publicly Insured Children," examines barriers to dental care among California children age 11 and under, using data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey. The study contains data on nearly 11,000 children.

Imagine what it'll be like when all the whites have left the state.

Even getting them dental insurance isn't enough to get those kids into a dentist's chair. What to do?

Researchers Nadereh Pourat, of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Len Finocchio, of the California HealthCare Foundation, found that Latino and African American children with all types of insurance were less likely than Asian American and white children to have visited the dentist in the previous six months — or even in their entire lifetime.

Similarly, researchers found that Latino and African American children in public insurance programs, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), went to the dentist less often than white and Asian American children with the same insurance coverage. Overall, children with private insurance saw a dentist more often than those with Medicaid or CHIP.

"The findings suggest that having insurance isn't always enough," said Pourat, Ph.D., director of research planning at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "We need to address the other barriers that keep children from getting the help they need."

What could be causing result? Who would have predicted it? (outside of the reality-bound HBD community I mean)

By Randall Parker    2010 July 07 10:01 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (7)
2010 February 12 Friday
Middle East Surge Applied To Salinas California

Troy Senik has a piece in the City Journal which portends a sort of domestic dividend for America's wars in the Middle East. See his article: The Surge Comes to Salinas: A plan to apply counterinsurgency doctrine to gang violence.

I see many advantages to this idea. For example, it saves fuel. No need to fly soldiers half way around the world along with jet fighters, US Navy carrier groups, and bombers. A domestic counterinsurgency push would only need cars, helicopters, and occasionally a light armored vehicle for an assault on a hardened target.

Decades of crazy immigration policy have accidentally (unless this was planned) created conditions much closer to home where the US government can fight challenges to its own sovereign control rather than fighting on behalf of some Shia tribal leaders in Iraq or whatever factions we are backing in Afghanistan.

Communities beset by seemingly unbreakable cycles of violence; law enforcement overmatched to the point of essentially ceding sovereignty to an organized and heavily armed resistance; citizens so intimidated by thugs that they won’t report them to authorities, for fear of retribution. Eight years into the War on Terror, this scenario sounds familiar. But its location isn’t the Sunni Triangle in 2006 or southern Afghanistan today; it’s a farm town on California’s Central Coast.

California’s Central Coast also features a much milder climate than Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iran. Shouldn't we open our next front on terror in California rather than Persia?

Think of the training potential for US troops patrolling Salinas before shipping out to Helmand province. The transition will be a lot less jarring if Salinas serves as a sort of half-way house in reverse.

In Salinas—a predominantly Hispanic, blue-collar community best known for producing John Steinbeck—violence has spiraled out of control. With a population of under 150,000, the city’s homicide rate has rocketed to three times that of Los Angeles, largely the result of fighting between the rival Norteños and Sureños gangs. With murders at an all-time high in 2009 (29 as of late December), residents are understandably frightened. When the police go searching for answers in the aftermath of a gang killing, self-interest prevails. Citizens more confident in the gangs’ ability to retaliate than in the cops’ ability to protect them stay mum.

Finally a chance to get a domestic benefit from all the lessons learned at such a heavy price fighting in the Middle East.

Salinas’s mayor, Dennis Donohue, and his new police chief, Louis Fetherolf, want to reverse this vicious cycle. They think that they may have found a solution 7,500 miles to the east and 17 miles to the west. Those are the distances to Iraq, where General David Petraeus’s counterinsurgency strategy, generally known as “the surge,” saved a nearly failed state from implosion; and to the city of Monterey, where the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) hosts students and faculty eager to apply the surge’s lessons to Salinas. A team of NPS volunteers is combing through the city’s law enforcement data in granular detail. Once the work is complete, they plan to recommend ways that Salinas can apply counterinsurgency strategy to its pervasive violence.

Immigration enthusiasts should be excited by this proposal. If it works then we'll have a solution to the gang violence which Hispanic immigration has brought and immigration enthusiasts will be able to point to Salinas as a reason to open our southern border to anyone who wants to cross over, confident that the US military or a heavily militarized police can handle the consequences.

By Randall Parker    2010 February 12 02:06 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (8)
2009 May 29 Friday
Permanent Vast Underclass By 2050 In America

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor Lawrence Harrison claims Barack Obama is probably the last President who can stop the emergence of a vast underclass in America.

The political realities of the rapidly growing Latino population are such that Mr. Obama may be the last president who can avert the permanent, vast underclass implied by the current Census Bureau projection for 2050.

Do I sound like a right-wing "nativist"? I'm not. I'm a lifelong Democrat; an early and avid supporter of Obama. I'm gratified by his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I'm also the grandson of Eastern European Jewish immigrants; and a member, along with several other Democrats, of the advisory boards of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Pro English. Similar concerns preoccupied the distinguished Democrat Barbara Jordan when she chaired the congressionally mandated US Commission on Immigration Reform in the 1990s.

Congresswoman Jordan was worried about the adverse impact of high levels of legal and illegal immigration on poor citizens, disproportionately Latinos and African-Americans. The principal beneficiaries of our current immigration policy are affluent Americans who hire immigrants at substandard wages for low-end work. Harvard economist George Borjas estimates that American workers lose $190 billion annually in depressed wages caused by the constant flooding of the labor market at the low-wage end.

America's future has already arrived in Starr County Texas and Imperial County California. Texas overall has the lowest graduation rates in America. The demographics of Texas and California are grim. Educational reform does not work as a solution. Immigrant groups do not improve demographically in later generations.

By Randall Parker    2009 May 29 11:56 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (3)
2008 October 09 Thursday
Texas Leads In Declining Medical Insurance

Immigration has put Texas in the lead on the downward slope for medical insurance coverage.

Oct. 9, 2008 - About one in six people living in the U.S. under the age of 65 had no health insurance in 2005, but closer to 1 in 3 Hispanics were uninsured, newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirms.

Roughly one in four people living in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico lacked health insurance, while only one in 10 of those living in Minnesota and Hawaii were without coverage.

The demographics of Texas represent the future of America. Those demographics tell a bad story about health insurance coverage.

In Texas, 40.5% of Hispanics under age 65 had no health insurance, compared with 24.3% of blacks and 15.8% of whites.

Bring in tens of millions of a group that performs poorly on average in school and in the workplace and the outcome is lower medical insurance coverage for that group in any state they find themselves.

Almost 40% of Hispanics living in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Carolina also had no health insurance.

Many libertarians favor open borders and free migration across national borders. But such a policy expands the welfare state and weighs heavily upon the higher skilled and higher productivity workers.

For more on immigration and its effects on medical costs see Illegal Immigration Drives Up Number Of Medically Uninsured and Immigration And Heavy Burden Of Medically Uninsured.

For more on America's grim demographic future see Grim Demographics Of Texas And California, Texas Has Lowest High School Graduation Rates, and Ron Guhname On Starr County Texas Demographics.

By Randall Parker    2008 October 09 11:19 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (7)
2008 September 06 Saturday
Ron Guhname On Starr County Texas Demographics

The Inductivist finds a county in Texas that shows us a slice of America's demographic future.

Starr County, Texas: America's future: I’m in the process of putting together a U.S. county-level data set, and I ran across the most Hispanic county I’ve ever seen. Starr county, on the U.S-Mexico border in southern Texas, is 97.4% Hispanic. Looking at the county website, Starr looks like a nice enough place.

But there’s two little problems. The Census says that 90.7% speak Spanish at home. Sounds something like Mexico to me. And only 6.9% of Starr’s residents have a bachelor’s degree. I don’t know the number, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see if Mexico’s graduation rate is in the same ballpark.

To understand what this portends for the future see my posts: Texas Has Lowest High School Graduation Rates, Immigrants Do Not Improve Academically In Later Generations, Grim Demographics Of Texas And California, Perfect Storm In Demographics To Shrink American Middle Class, and Whites Become Minority In America In 2042.

What we are leaving behind: Smarter States More Livable Places.

We need to learn how to live in the Third World. Any thoughts?

Update: Half Sigma says smart people are more libertarian. So the dumbing down of America will further marginalize the libertarians. We will become less free as a result.

In a previous blog post, I analyzed data from the General Social Survey, and discovered that smarter people are more libertarian on all issues, both economic and social.

It’s the less intelligent people who are more easily swayed by the notion that if there’s a problem, than something needs to be done about it. The idea that nothing needs to be done about a problem is a more abstract idea which requires higher intelligence.

By Randall Parker    2008 September 06 11:17 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (4)
2008 February 04 Monday
Republicans Better Off If Hillary Beats McCain?

John O'Sullivan thinks conservatives will be in worse shape in the long run if John McCain wins the US presidency and I'm inclined to agree.

Many conservatives believe that the key question in this election is: Are there to be two multiculturalist open-borders parties or one? If McCain’s election were to make the GOP fundamentally similar to the Democrats on immigration, bilingualism, racial preferences, and all the National Question issues, that would be a resounding historical defeat for conservatives.

The willingness of a President McCain to cooperate with the Democrats would give such issues as an immigration amnesty a better chance of passage than under a President Hillary or Obama even against strong GOP resistance in Congress. Opponents of such policies, despite enjoying majority support among the voters, would find themselves politically marginalized. On the other hand, a united Republican opposition might well stop a Democratic White House from passing these measures because its party would be nervous of finding itself on the wrong side of a popular issue in the next midterm elections.

And there is another factor this time. Any bill similar to the senator’s “comprehensive” immigration reform would accelerate the GOP’s relative demographic decline by creating new voters overwhelmingly likely to vote Democrat in a quicker time scale. This dominant Democratic majority would emerge fully only after a hypothetical President McCain left office, but its approach would cloud the future of every other Republican incumbent.

Hillary will stimulate more right wing opposition than McCain will. So she'll be more constrained in terms of what damage she'll even try to cause.

But what if our choices are Obama versus McCain? Who would cause more damage?

By Randall Parker    2008 February 04 09:54 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (6)
2007 November 27 Tuesday
Muslim Immigrants Riot To Remind French Of Bad Immigration Policy

The French might want to have an argument or perhaps complain. But right now "It's being-hit-on-the-head lessons in here."

VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France, Nov. 27 — Dodging rocks and projectiles, the police lined the streets of this tense suburb Tuesday where angry youths have vowed to seek revenge for the deaths of two teenagers who died in a weekend collision with a police car.

Police union officials warned that the violence was escalating into urban guerrilla warfare, with shotguns aimed at officers — a rare sight in the last major outbreak of suburban unrest, in 2005.

More than 80 have been injured so far — four of them as a result of gunfire — and the rage was still simmering Tuesday afternoon. Inside the city hall of Villiers-le-Bel, a group of visiting mayors appealed for calm while police officers dodged rocks outside.

But will the natives of France learn from this lesson?

The Muslim kids have turned to rifles as weapons.

Officials in Paris last night warned that rioters in the suburb of Villiers-le-Bel were armed with hunting rifles and air rifles as clashes with police continued to escalate.

More than 70 police officers were injured on Monday night, three of them seriously, in clashes with rioters armed with molotov cocktails and firecrackers. One officer was shot in the shoulder with an air rifle.

An "ethnically diverse population" probably features Muslims from northern Africa and also black Muslims from sub-Saharan Africa.

The government's initial response to the riots was deliberately restrained for fear of fanning the unrest in the suburbs, which have an ethnically diverse population. However, the reaction appeared to change after the violence intensified on Monday night.

The French fear the riots will spread to many other French cities.

Despite the apparent lull, fears remained high that the riots might erupt once again and spread to other poor and troubled suburbs of French cities, just as they did in November 2005. There were car burnings in several cities last night and an attempted arson attack on a library in a poor district of Toulouse, in south-west France. President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was returning from a visit to China last night, will hold an emergency security meeting today.

Last time around Nicolas Sarkozy called the violent males "gangrene" but since then has failed to cure the disease.

The 2005 unrest, also sparked by the deaths of two youths, spread from a nearby suburb of Paris to other cities and continued for three weeks, during which more than 10,000 cars were set ablaze and 300 buildings firebombed.

Mr Sarkozy was heavily criticised at the time after he called for crime-ridden neighbourhoods to be "cleaned with a power hose" and described violent elements as "gangrene" and "rabble".

The demographic situation in France spells eventual disaster.

Six Socialist mayors, including the mayor of Villiers-le-Bel, launched an appeal for calm, asking for parents to keep their children indoors after dark. But they gave warning that the violence could spread.

Forty per cent of Villiers-le-Bel's population of 27,000 are under 25 and 40 per cent of them are unemployed.

Separationism is the answer.

By Randall Parker    2007 November 27 06:39 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (18)
2007 August 26 Sunday
As Test Scores Fall Virginia Counties Move Against Illegal Aliens

Rapid growth of illegal alien populations is driving down school test scores in some Virginia counties.

The Fairfax County school system for the first time failed to meet academic goals under the No Child Left Behind Act, largely because many students with limited English skills struggled on reading tests that were given in response to a federal order, according to school officials and scores released yesterday.

Several other well-regarded Northern Virginia systems, including those in Alexandria and in Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties, also fell short of target scores on last spring's Standards of Learning tests. The number of Northern Virginia schools that did not make the grade nearly doubled, rising from 76 in 2006 to 146 this year.

The immigrant population growth has been substantial as whites head toward minority status.

Fueled by an explosion of jobs attracting immigrants to the nation's suburbs, the percentage of minorities has dramatically increased in six local counties -- including Prince William, where the share of minorities grew from 35 percent in 2000 to 48 percent in 2006, according to census estimates to be released today.

Virginia counties have begun passing laws to deny public services to illegals.

Resolutions to deny a potentially wide range of public services to illegal immigrants have thrust two northern Virginia counties into America's immigration debate. The measures passed in July in Prince William and Loudoun counties join a flurry of recent efforts by local governments across the United States that believe the federal government has not done enough to stop illegal immigration.

But while other jurisdictions have focused largely on landlords and employers who knowingly rent to and hire illegal immigrants, the Virginia resolutions take a more direct approach. The National Association of Counties says the two counties are the first it knows of to pass measures aimed at denying services.efforts.

When the people of California passed an initiative to do this a liberal-packed federal court threw out the will of the people and told them they have to be good sheeple victims. So the white flight out of California accelerated.

A Virginia state legislator wants to basically replicate the Loudon and Prince William laws as a state law.

A delegate from Prince William County said this week that he will introduce a bill that would cut off state funding to local governments that fail to check the immigration status of residents who get public assistance.

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R) said the legislation would toughen a 2005 Virginia law that forbids local governments to provide some social services to illegal immigrants. He plans to call for every county, city and town to prove its compliance with the law by adopting policies similar to those proposed in Prince William and Loudoun County, which voted this summer to deny services to illegal immigrants and step up law enforcement efforts against them.

Anne Arundel County is also making anti-illegal moves.

Anne Arundel County, the latest Washington area jurisdiction to take a new and public position against illegal immigration, has announced that businesses with county contracts will be required to sign affidavits attesting that they do not employ workers who are in the country illegally.

Spotsylvania County and other Virginia counties are looking to follow suit.

SPOTSYLVANIA -- Officials in this booming county voted unanimously yesterday to find out how many people here are illegal immigrants and determine what services can be denied to undocumented residents.

"We should find out exactly what is going on in our county," said Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Yakabouski, who proposed the action.

Counties all over the United States are going to copy the actions of these Virginia counties. State and local government actions against illegal aliens boost the pressures on the Congress and the Executive branch to deport illegals and to stop more from entering illegally.

This seems like a good time to develop labor-saving devices for jobs done by low skilled manual laborers. The supply of low skilled labor is at least going to grow more slowly and might even shrink for a while.

Update: The most effective and fastest way to round up all the illegal aliens would be to get local police involved. Toward that end, attempts to get the Virginia state police to enter a federal program to be able to catch illegals for deportation could make a big difference.

An anti-illegal immigrant group is circulating a petition aimed at pressuring Virginia agencies, including the state police, to enter a controversial program with federal authorities to speed the deportation of illegal immigrants. Under the program, called 287(g), the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, trains local law enforcement to initiate deportation proceedings for criminal illegal aliens.

State and local police ought to be able to pick up illegals and turn them over to ICE for deportation.

By Randall Parker    2007 August 26 10:57 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (3)
2007 June 17 Sunday
Hispanic Political Support Contingent On Support For Lawbreakers?

Lawrence Auster argues if opposition to illegal immigration is seen by Hispanics as anti-Hispanic then they are putting their loyalty to their group ahead of loyalty to the United States. (my bold emphasis added)

The pro-legalization Republicans keep saying that if the Republican party doesn't support the legalization of illegals, Hispanics will take that as an insult to Hispanics and never vote Republican again, dooming the GOP. The pro-legalization Republicans don't realize what they are saying. They are saying that the U.S. Hispanics (meaning legal Hispanic immigrants and their descendants) are people who demand the legalization of Hispanic lawbreakers as a condition of giving a party their political support--they are saying that U.S. Hispanics are people who regard as "anti-Hispanic" any failure by the U.S. political system to support the illegal immigration of Hispanics and the resulting destruction of our laws and sovereignty.

In short, the strongest supporters of large-scale Hispanic immigration, including Hispanics themselves, are saying that Hispanics are a deeply ethnocentric group that is hostile to the laws and sovereignty of the United States. That being the case, why should we admit any more Hispanic immigrants into this country?

Why should we put them ahead of our own interests? This is the part I do not get. Why should I sacrifice the interests of citizens for the interests of an ethnic group many of whose members put the interests of their ethnicity ahead of the interests of the rest of us?

Imagine a future in which the United States fragments by ethnicity like Lebanon, Bosnia, Iraq, and the UCLA graduation ceremonies.

Commencement weekend is hard to plan at the University of California, Los Angeles. The university now has so many separate identity-group graduations that scheduling them not to conflict with one another is a challenge. The women’s studies graduation and the Chicana/Chicano studies graduation are both set for 10 AM Saturday. The broader Hispanic graduation, “Raza,” is in near-conflict with the black graduation, which starts just an hour later.

Planning was easier before a new crop of ethnic groups pushed for inclusion. Students of Asian heritage were once content with the Asian–Pacific Islanders ceremony. But now there are separate Filipino and Vietnamese commencements, and some talk of a Cambodian one in the future. Years ago, UCLA sponsored an Iranian graduation, but the school’s commencement office couldn’t tell me if the event was still around. The entire Middle East may yet be a fertile source for UCLA commencements.

I've had enough Balkanization already. I say build a really big wall on the US border with Mexico, deport all the illegal aliens, way scale back legal immigration, and wait a few generations for assimilation. If assimilation still doesn't happen then pay the unassimilated to leave.

By Randall Parker    2007 June 17 06:45 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (9)
2007 June 07 Thursday
Heather Mac Donald: The Republicans’ Hispanic Delusion

Heather Mac Donald argues that Republicans who think they can convert Hispanics into Republicans are deluding themselves - and Heather is absolutely correct.

George Bush’s political strategists have long promoted amnesty for illegal aliens as a device for increasing the Republican vote among Hispanics. They also warn that denying rights to illegal aliens will hurt the GOP. A Hispanic backlash in California after Proposition 187 (the 1994 voter initiative that denied illegal aliens many publicly funded services) turned the state from red to blue, they claim; a similar rout awaits the party if it does not embrace liberal immigration policies.

There is scant evidence for either of these ideas. The 1986 amnesty signed by President Reagan did not trigger a Latino surge into the Republican Party. And California’s Hispanics leaned as strongly Democratic before Prop. 187 as after it. Hispanic voting patterns in California have held steady since 1988—they vote approximately two-to-one for Democratic presidential candidates. California’s shift from red to blue would have happened with or without Prop. 187, as defense-industry whites left the state, replaced by liberal high-tech professionals, and as the Hispanic portion of the electorate tripled from 7 percent to 21 percent.

Hispanics have about twice the illegitimacy rate of whites. They do poorly in school and earn much lower salaries on average. Therefore they make great supporters and users of the welfare state.

This attitude of entitlement—not only among illegal aliens but also among legal Hispanic immigrants and their children—extends to the full array of welfare programs. In fact, welfare use actually increases between the second and third generation of Mexican-Americans—to 31 percent of all third-generation Mexican-American households.

If you want your taxes to go up, your neighborhood to become less safe. your school's quality to decay, and your government to become more corrupt then support the immigration amnesty that Bush and the US Senate want to foist on you. If you are a masochist who doesn't think you deserve what you have then mass immigration of low IQ Third Worlders can deliver lots of lowered quality of life.

By Randall Parker    2007 June 07 12:01 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (6)
2007 April 22 Sunday
Immigration Driving Up Illegitimacy Rates

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds immigration is making America's problem with illegitimate births worse.

*Births to unmarried women have increased dramatically. From 13 percent in 1980 for immigrant mothers (legal and illegal) to 32 percent in 2003, and from 19 to 35 percent for native-born mothers.

Note that the native-born illegitimacy rate above is boosted by second and third generation descendants of immigrants. Whites have lower rates than blacks and Hispanics. But whites are a rapidly shrinking fraction of the US population. Immigration is raising the fraction of the population that has illegitimate kids.

Of course people who have kids out of wedlock are more likely to need taxpayer-funded medical care, food stamps, and other subsidies to pay for the raising of their kids. The rest of us pay for all this. We also pay for more crime and a lower quality of life.

* The rate for immigrants is higher than for natives in Arizona, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina.

* The modest nationwide difference disappears when teenagers, who have the highest illegitimacy rates, are excluded. There are relatively few immigrant teenagers because immigrants tend to arrive older. Without teenagers, the rate is about 30 percent for both immigrants and natives.

Hispanics have seen a huge increase in illegitimacy.

* Hispanic immigrants have seen the largest increase in illegitimacy – from 19 percent in 1980 to 42 percent in 2003. This matters because 59 percent of all births to immigrants are to Hispanics.

Asian and white immigrants have the lowest rates of illegitimacy.

* In addition to the 42 percent rate for Hispanic immigrants, 39 percent of births among black immigrants are to unmarried women, 11 percent among Asian/Pacific Islander immigrants, and 12 percent among white immigrants.

Native born Hispanics have double the illegitimacy rate of native born whites.

* There is no indication of improvement over the generations. The illegitimacy rate among the native-born is 50 percent for Hispanics; 30 percent for Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 24 percent for whites.

* 2003 is the first time that the absolute number of illegitimate births to Hispanic women (immigrant and native) outnumbered illegitimate births to black women (immigrant and native).

* Out-of-wedlock births are highest for those with the least education; among immigrant mothers who lack a high school diploma, 45 percent of births are illegitimate.

* The country is currently debating whether to legalize illegal aliens or, alternatively, to enforce the law and cause them to return home. Since 60 percent of illegals lack a high school diploma and 80 percent are Hispanic, legalization would likely contribute to the illegitimacy problem by enabling illegal aliens to remain in the United States.

We should stop the immigration of groups that have high rates of illegitimacy and low rates of educational achievement. Better yet, we should stop immigration altogether.

By Randall Parker    2007 April 22 09:40 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
2007 March 24 Saturday
The Growing Hispanic Gang Problem

The Inductivist Ron Guhname, who writes a lot of posts pouring over social science data, comments on the growing Hispanic gang problem.

The gang nightmare: VDare.com just posted a piece by Steve Sailer on the growing Hispanic gang problem. Among many items, he describes how California has been exporting gangs to the rest of country. A few months ago I was talking to a professor who had participated in a study of gangs in Denver. Now, Denver would not be the first city to come to mind as a gang capital. Chicago, yes, but when I think of Denver, hip ski bums come to mind. According to the study, FIFTY PERCENT of adolescent male Hispanics belong to a gang. Folks, gangbanging is becoming NORMATIVE behavior for these kids. Estimates put gang members nationwide at close to 1 million, and more than half of that is Latino. Their latest strategy is to spread their crews to Indian reservations. In the past, gangs were basically limited to big cities, but now they've even made it to the reservation--a place most whites can't find with a map. This is a tidal wave, I'm telling you.

Think about the term "gang". The guys who join them want power and a sense of belonging from membership in a violent group. They do not get a sense of belonging and high enough feelings of status and power from what they can hope to attain in school and work. That they belong to gangs in such large numbers is a measure of just how unsatisfied they are for their basic biological needs for status and power.

There's an obvious lesson here for anyone who will allow themselves to see it: Do not let in immigrants who lack the intellectual capacity and other qualities to do well enough that they do not feel the need to join ethnic gangs.

By Randall Parker    2007 March 24 01:10 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (4)
2007 January 08 Monday
Immigration Brings Poverty To Arkansas

California is not the only state being demographically reshaped for the worse by immigration.

SPRINGDALE -- The face of Springdale has been changing for years and that includes Springdale High School where nearly half the students are minority and poor, Superintendent Jim Rollins said Tuesday.

The poverty rate, as measured by the number of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals, has risen from 29 percent in 2003 to the current 45 percent.

During the same four years, the ethnicity of the school has changed from 67 percent Caucasian and 33 percent minority to 53 percent Caucasian and 47 percent minority.

Low skilled immigrants are poorer than more skilled. natives. But keep in mind that low skilled immigration raises the poverty rate of those natives who work in industries which lower wages in response to cheap immigrant labor. Both black and white workers in plants and on construction sites in Arkansas get paid less due to illegal immigration. Conversely, removal of illegal aliens drives up wages of native blue collar workers.

Just who are these poor people? Foreigners. Likely Hispanics.

Just over one-third of the district's 15,000-plus students are English language learners. Rollins said the district received about $1 million in state aid for English language programs, but the district spent $3.5 million on those program last year.

Amazingly the article does not make any mention of who the "minorities" are. Note that whites became the minority but in liberal-speak whites are never a "minority".

One of the comments on the article points us in the direction of what is causing this change: The desire for cheap labor to process chicken in factories is a cause of the decline of northwest Arkansas.

"Tyson needs to cough up the doe to support local schools. Springdale and Rogers are turning into a crime infested slums thanks to corrupt companies like Tyson and they should be made to pay. Just wait, within 20 years NWA will become like LA, one gigantic cess pool of human misery and a complete extintion of the middle class. "

Another reader points to Hispanics as the cause of school decline.

These numbers say otherwise: Check out http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/homeland.php?id=551525 45% of all non-Mexicans have a post HS degree · 5.4% of first generation Mexicans have a post HS degree · 9.3% of second generation Mexicans have such degrees · 8.5% of third generation Mexicans have such degrees · 9.6% of fourth generation Mexicans have such degrees So even in the fourth generation - after at least fifty to sixty years of "assimilation," it appears that the descendents of Mexican immigrants display scant interest in higher education. This is a stunning finding.

America is a wealthy first world nation. It can not remain that way if the average IQ continues to decline due to immigration and higher rates of reproduction by lower IQ folks. Most of elite debate about America's future is at beast irrelevant and at worse destructive because the elites enforce a taboo against facts about human nature that offend their secular religion.

By Randall Parker    2007 January 08 06:26 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
2006 November 18 Saturday
Heather Mac Donald: Hispanics Have Highest Single Mother Fertility

George W. Bush trumpets democracy in the Middle East and family values in the United States. Just as his foreign policy in the Middle East is a disaster so are his domestic values that impact family formation in the United States. Open Borders advocate George W. Bush is helping to fuel the further breakdown of the married couple as the basis for family formation because he's in favor of large scale Hispanic immigration. Heather Mac Donald reports Hispanics have the highest rate of unmarried fertility of any ethnic group in the United States.

Unless the life chances of children raised by single mothers suddenly improve, the explosive growth of the U.S. Hispanic population over the next couple of decades does not bode well for American social stability. Hispanic immigrants bring near–Third World levels of fertility to America, coupled with what were once thought to be First World levels of illegitimacy. (In fact, family breakdown is higher in many Hispanic countries than here.) Nearly half of the children born to Hispanic mothers in the U.S. are born out of wedlock, a proportion that has been increasing rapidly with no signs of slowing down. Given what psychologists and sociologists now know about the much higher likelihood of social pathology among those who grow up in single-mother households, the Hispanic baby boom is certain to produce more juvenile delinquents, more school failure, more welfare use, and more teen pregnancy in the future.

The government social-services sector has already latched onto this new client base; as the Hispanic population expands, so will the demands for a larger welfare state. Since conservative open-borders advocates have yet to acknowledge the facts of Hispanic family breakdown, there is no way to know what their solution to it is. But they had better come up with one quickly, because the problem is here—and growing.

The dimensions of the Hispanic baby boom are startling. The Hispanic birthrate is twice as high as that of the rest of the American population. That high fertility rate—even more than unbounded levels of immigration—will fuel the rapid Hispanic population boom in the coming decades. By 2050, the Latino population will have tripled, the Census Bureau projects. One in four Americans will be Hispanic by mid-century, twice the current ratio. In states such as California and Texas, Hispanics will be in the clear majority. Nationally, whites will drop from near 70 percent of the total population in 2000 to just half by 2050. Hispanics will account for 46 percent of the nation’s added population over the next two decades, the Pew Hispanic Center reports.

We are going to get large numbers of illegitimate Hispanics. That means higher rates of school drop-outs, higher rates of criminality, higher usage of taxpayer-funded welfare services, and all the rest of a decaying society.

While a higher percentage of black births occur outside of marriage the fertility rate of Hispanics is much higher and so the Hispanics produce a much larger number of illegitimate babies with all the social pathology that we can expect from children growing up in mother-only families.

But it’s the fertility surge among unwed Hispanics that should worry policymakers. Hispanic women have the highest unmarried birthrate in the country—over three times that of whites and Asians, and nearly one and a half times that of black women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Every 1,000 unmarried Hispanic women bore 92 children in 2003 (the latest year for which data exist), compared with 28 children for every 1,000 unmarried white women, 22 for every 1,000 unmarried Asian women, and 66 for every 1,000 unmarried black women. Forty-five percent of all Hispanic births occur outside of marriage, compared with 24 percent of white births and 15 percent of Asian births. Only the percentage of black out-of-wedlock births—68 percent—exceeds the Hispanic rate. But the black population is not going to triple over the next few decades.

As if the unmarried Hispanic birthrate weren’t worrisome enough, it is increasing faster than among other groups. It jumped 5 percent from 2002 to 2003, whereas the rate for other unmarried women remained flat. Couple the high and increasing illegitimacy rate of Hispanics with their higher overall fertility rate, and you have a recipe for unstoppable family breakdown.

The disastrous President Jorge Bush is now going to turn his attention once again to the passage of a massive amnesty and guest worker program. Bush is a pox on the nation. His Iraq debacle has ushered in Democratic Party rule in both houses of Congress and the House Democrats are far more supportive of Open Borders than the House Republicans. While a minority of old style Democrats see Hispanics as cheap labor that drives down the living standards of the lower classes most elected Democrats see Hispanics as reliably left-leaning voters and also as cheap labor for maid, nanny, gardening, and home upgrade services.

America's elites are rotten to the core. The Republic can not survive without virtue but virtue is in shrinking supply in Washington DC.

Steven Malanga points out that the benefits of low skilled immigration are outweighed by the costs.

Meanwhile, the benefits of so much low-wage immigration to our economy are minimal and increasingly outweighed by the costs. Low-skilled immigrant workers have crowded into service jobs that do little to make America more competitive internationally or more productive: they deliver our pizzas, cut our lawns, wash our cars. True, these immigrants push down prices of services for middle-class Americans, but they also depress the wages of low-skilled native-born workers, according to Borjas and Katz, and recent studies show that they probably raise the unemployment levels of native-born blacks and Hispanics. Not surprisingly, a 1997 study by economists for the National Academy of Sciences estimated the net benefits of immigration at only $10 billion in our $8 trillion economy, while the next year an NAS study of the social costs of immigration reported that in California each native-born family paid nearly $1,200 more in taxes to support government services that went to immigrants. Those costs will only grow as the number of immigrants in America increases. The Heritage Institute’s Robert Rector has estimated that each immigrant high school dropout will cost U.S. taxpayers $85,000 over his lifetime. Enacting amnesty for illegals already here, as well as creating a new guest-worker program, Rector calculates, would eventually add some $46 billion a year in social costs—including welfare—to the federal government.

When robots start taking over household, restaurant, construction, and other remaining manual labor tasks what do the Open Borders advocates think we are supposed to do with tens of millions of low skilled, poorly educated, and barely educatable people?

By Randall Parker    2006 November 18 02:36 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (7)
2006 November 09 Thursday
Less Densely Packed People Friendlier Toward Neighbors

High density living is the enemy of friendly communities where people socialize and interact with their neighbors.

A new study led by a University of California, Irvine economist debunks a popular argument against urban sprawl -- that living farther from neighbors decreases social interaction. In fact, the data shows that suburban living is better for one's social life.

Using data from 15,000 Americans living in various places across the country, researchers found that residents of sprawling suburban spaces actually have more friends, more contact with neighbors and greater involvement in community organizations than citydwellers who live in very close proximity to each other.

"Our findings suggest the old proverb may be true: good fences make good neighbors," said Jan Brueckner, professor of economics at UCI and lead author of the paper. "This contradicts one of the common social and economic arguments against urban sprawl."

Among their specific findings were that for every 10-percent decrease in density, the likelihood of residents talking to their neighbors at least once a week jumps by 10 percent. And involvement in hobby-oriented clubs increases even more significantly -- by 15 percent for every 10 percent decline in density. To measure these and other social interactions, researchers used data from the Social Capital Benchmark Survey and controlled for other factors such as income, education and marital status.

People didn't evolve in high population density conditions. They are not adapted to city life. I do not find these results the least bit surprising.

Opponents of urban sprawl -- most famously "Bowling Alone" author Robert Putnam -- have argued that America's spreading development is detrimental to society, causing increased traffic congestion, loss of valuable open space and a decline in social relationships. To combat these perceived problems, some cities like Portland, Ore., have enacted urban growth boundaries to limit sprawl.

This is an argument against immigration-driven increases in population density.

By Randall Parker    2006 November 09 09:46 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (4)
2006 October 08 Sunday
Some Immigrant Groups Fail In America

Bad news about the big immigrant groups in America.

While the vast majority of young adult children of immigrants experience upward economic and social mobility, a new study finds that a significant minority are suffering from lower levels of education, lower incomes, higher birth rates and higher levels of incarceration. Furthermore, it is the U.S.-born children of Mexican, Haitian and West Indian immigrants who experience these problems in the largest proportions.

The study, led by sociologists Rubén G. Rumbaut of UC Irvine and Alejandro Portes of Princeton University, appears online this week in the Migration Information Source. The largest and longest-running study of children of immigrants yet conducted, the study also confirms the critical importance of education.

“The greatest educational disadvantage is found among children of Mexican immigrants and Laotian and Cambodian refugees in our sample – close to 40 percent of whom did not go beyond a high school diploma,” said Rumbaut. “Education is the key to successful upward mobility among children of immigrants, so the discrepancies that emerge in educational achievement among immigrant groups tend to persist in trends for income, employment and incarceration.”

We should stop letting in Laotian, Cambodian, and Mexican immigrants.

Note the use 'of "undocumented" rather than "illegal". Sure they have documents. They have fraudulent Social Security cards which they used to acquire real drivers licenses. They have documents. They just are here illegally.

The researchers also point to the influence of human capital (the skills and education of immigrant parents) as well as family structure, racial prejudice and government policies toward certain immigrant groups – particularly the undocumented – that influence this “downward assimilation” process.

The researchers found that children of Laotian and Cambodian Americans as well as Haitian Americans had the lowest median annual household income at just over $25,000. They were followed closely by Mexican American families, which had a median annual household income of about $30,000. On the other end of the spectrum, children of upper-middle-class Cuban exiles in Southern Florida reported a household income of more than $70,000, and Filipino Americans in Southern California had more than $64,000, followed by Chinese immigrants.

Smarter upper middle class Spaniards do well in the United States. Lower class Amerinds do poorly. This is all very predictable. Ditto the other results.

Their next finding is nothing new. It brings to mind the Harvey Danger Flag Pole Sitta song "Been around the world and found, That only stupid people are breeding, The cretins cloning and feeding".

Furthermore, the study found that the most educationally and economically disadvantaged children of immigrants were most likely to have children of their own at a young age, compounding their difficulties at pursuing higher education. When surveyed at the average age of 24, none of the Chinese Americans had children, while in contrast 25 percent of Haitians, West Indians, Laotians and Cambodians did, as did 41 percent of Mexican American young adults.

Natural selection is happening in the human population. The refusal of our elites to talk about it does not make it go away.

I like the "while only 10 percent" had been incarcerated. Only? Only? Are they kidding? 1 in 10 is bad.

Differences in arrest and incarceration rates are also noteworthy, particularly among second-generation, U.S.-born, males. While only 10 percent of second-generation immigrant males in the survey had been incarcerated, that figure jumped to 20 percent among West Indian and Mexican American youths.

Sociologists think that results like these mean we have to try harder to do things that'll prevent our peasant immigrants from becoming high school drop-out criminals. In the minds of Leftists it is our responsibility. Sociologists think we are all blank slates, a product of our environments and if our immigrants come out failures who are threats to the rest of us and parasites on the welfare state then we have failed to provide them with the correct nurturing environment. The sociologists are fools.

If sociologists want to understand their own data they should look real hard at IQ and the wealth of nations. Also see here for more on the relationship between IQ and national wealth. Until they more realistically model humans as biological beings their work will continue to yield little of practical use and much of destructive use.

By Randall Parker    2006 October 08 07:46 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (6)
2006 September 28 Thursday
Mexico Decaying As Drug Cartels Grow In Power

The Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel is undergoing a resurgence after assurances from US authorities that the group was in decline.

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico - For all the beefed-up enforcement along the border, the militialike group of drug cartel enforcers known as the Zetas appears stronger than ever, a result of better training, successful recruiting in Central America and continued desertions from the Mexican military, U.S. intelligence officials say.

The Zetas have again become entrenched in Nuevo Laredo, and they practically control the movement of people through an intricate web of spies, checkpoints and skillful use of technology, provoking an extraordinary cross-border human exodus, U.S. and Mexican authorities say.

Last year, U.S. and Mexican authorities reported that the number of Zetas was falling rapidly, the result of both government pressure and ongoing warfare with rival cartels. But the shadowy group of elite former military officers, soldiers and others has now grown to more than 500 nationwide, with hundreds more in a support network throughout the country, U.S. officials said. Some of those networks are deepening their ties to Texas cities, including Houston and Dallas, with the help of Texas gang members.

The fighting in Iraq - er, I mean Mexico - is going great. We'll have those insurgents - um, I mean drug lords - defeated in no time at all.

One recent battle in Nuevo Laredo featured a bazooka!

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — A wild, 30-minute shootout reportedly involving bazookas and a grenade invaded the streets of an upscale neighborhood here, though details were few.

Mexican and U.S. sources familiar with the incident Friday night said three people were killed and four injured, but neither local nor federal officials would give an official version of events.

No newspaper in Nuevo Laredo printed an article about the incident, which according to sources involved a bazooka, a grenade and assault rifles.

What gives? Surely the Sinoloa and Gulf cartels can afford RPGs. The Zetas work for the Gulf cartel. So the Zetas can afford the best.

The drug cartels are killing officials who were previously immune.

The historic level of drug violence not only threatens Mexican judges and politicians, who once were immune, but also American tourists and U.S. investors, as the cartels move into vacation corridors such as Acapulco-Zihuatanejo on the Pacific Coast, and Morelia-Uruapan in the central state of Michoacan.

A Dallas businessman recently pulled out of a $40 million project near the Zihuatanejo resort.

"We didn't think this was the right moment," said Carol Davenport, a real estate agent from Arlington, Texas, now working in Mexico, who represented the businessman. "The dire situation didn't exactly inspire investor confidence," she added, referring to a rash of killings in the area.

On the bright side, one narco group is killing the corrupt government officials who work for a rival group.

The bloody turf war in Nuevo Laredo is being waged to gain control of the market, because it is considered a key transportation node in the drug-trafficking business. Guzman has moved in big for that reason, and his organization is allegedly responsible for the murders of numerous Mexican law enforcers who are on the payroll of the Cardenas organization, according to U.S. law enforcement sources.

"Always look on the bright side of life".

The US military doesn't need to send troops to Mexico. We can just send military trainers. Help the Mexican government stand on their own two feet so they can put down the insurgent drug lord fighters. Yeah, that's the ticket.

You might be asking: Why is it important to have the US military train the Mexican military to fight the drug cartels? Fair question. Easy answer: The Mexican military has to fight the Los Zetas and the Zetas are such a menace because many are former Mexican special forces who were trained at Fort Benning Georgia. We need to make the current Mexican military competent enough to fight the former Mexican military that we trained. It seems only fair. Make sense?

You object? Oh come on. Yes, if we train more Mexicans to fight well then more will leave the Mexican military to fight for the cartels which probably pay much better. But there's an easy solution to that problem which any Bush Administration civilian military strategist will see: Just train the Mexican military faster than they desert. Look at how well this policy works in Iraq.

The Iraqi - oh sorry, I keep getting confused - Mexican elected officials won't stand up to the insurgent drug fighters because they derive key support from the drug insurgencies.

Jorge Fernandez Menendez, co-author of the new book, "From the Maras to the Zetas: the Secrets of Drug Trafficking from Colombia to Chicago," said politicians who control 90 percent of the country's police are more reluctant than ever to take on the cartels.

"There are local and state politicians whose intention is not to participate in the drug fight either because they are complicit, in some cases, or they are scared, or because they simply don't want trouble," Fernandez said.

"If the state and local governments don't get involved, the situation is going to become very complicated ... and destabilizing."

How far down will Mexico go?

The killing of al-Zarqawi was supposed to be a key turning point for the US fight against insurgents in Iraq. But maybe someone forgot which way to turn since now the place is going to hell. Similarly, capture of a drug lord in Tijuana has not brought any peace.

TIJUANA – A string of killings is plaguing Tijuana a month after U.S. authorities detained suspected drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Félix, and some authorities are taking the violence so seriously that they have called on the Mexican army to help restore order.

The latest victim was a city police assistant chief, Arturo Rivas Vaca, who was in his patrol car when he was gunned down about 8 a.m. yesterday. Jorge Eduardo Ledezma Magallon, a police officer who was Rivas' bodyguard, and Luis Francisco de Santiago Ferrer, a bystander, were injured in the attack, according to Luis Javier Algorri Franco, the city's secretary of public security.

Looking at the worsening mess in Mexico and the dangers it creates for Americans we can learn from Israel. Faced with violence coming from the West Bank the response of Israel was to build a barrier wall and fence along the entire Israel-West Bank border. This cut suicide bombings down to a rare trickle. America can build a barrier and improve air space control as well as improve Coast Guard defenses to insulate ourselves from the worsening security situation south of the border. It is clear that NAFTA and immigration law non-enforcement have not brought us border peace or political stability in Mexico. We need to take more drastic steps.

We need to physically isolate ourselves from Mexico and the Middle East. In the case of Mexico great border control systems will also cut down on the drug flow northward and therefore will reduce the amount of money the drug lords have to buy politicians and run private armies.

The use of decapitation illustrates how Mexican drug cartels are acting more like Middle Eastern terrorists.

MEXICO CITY - To send a chilling message to their underworld rivals, Mexican drug cartels are adopting a method of intimidation made notorious by Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

At least 26 people have been decapitated in Mexico this year, with heads stuck on fences, dumped in trash piles and -- most recently -- tossed onto a nightclub dance floor.

Mexico's political system is failing. We need to build a barrier along the entire US-Mexican border and stop immigration from Mexico. We need to deport all illegals and take legal residency and citizenship away from Mexican and Central American immgrants who are involved in Los Zetas, MS-13, and other organized crime gangs.

Think I'm exaggerating? The President-elect of Mexico says governments in Mexico are overwhelmed by the drug lords.

Felipe Calderon said the wave of bloodshed knows no politics; it is ravaging state governments controlled by each of Mexico's three major parties. He singled out Mexico City, the northern states of Sinaloa and Tamaulipas, the southern state of Guerrero and his home state of Michoacan, as being especially hard-hit.

"It seems to me that drug violence has overwhelmed the governments of the PAN, the PRI and the PRD," Calderon said in a radio interview.

This is a country on the US border.

By Randall Parker    2006 September 28 07:37 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (5)
2006 June 27 Tuesday
California To Build More Prisons

The continued influx of a high crime rate ethnic group requires that California build even more prisons.

LOS ANGELES, June 26 -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed a decade of California policy on Monday, calling for the construction of at least two more prisons and the addition of thousands of beds in existing facilities to deal with what he called "dangerously overcrowded" prisons.

As California's Hispanic population continues to grow California will hit limits in its ability to finance prison expansion. Crime rates will rise as higher crime rate Hispanics grow as a percentage of the population. Races that commit crime at lower rates and that earn more and pay more in taxes will flee the state and California will lose them as tax revenue sources.

California's prisons are overcrowded.

California houses more than 171,000 inmates, including, Schwarzenegger said, 16,300 placed in prison gyms and day rooms, making it the most overcrowded prison system in the nation.

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The governor noted that California's recidivism rate is 70 percent, the highest in the nation.

People who commit crimes again at such high rates should not get released from prisons.

California has about 36 million people. So the state prison system incarcerates about 475 people per 100,000. Note that the local prisons probably aren't counted in that number and Californians in federal prisons are also not counted.

More than 10% of California's prisoners are illegal aliens.

In addition to building more prisons, California is considering paying other states to house the thousands of illegal immigrants in its prisons, according to a statement from the governor's office. More than 10 percent of California's prison population is in the United States illegally.

If the United States built a wall on the entire US-Mexico border and started serious internal enforcement of immigration laws in the United States the Californa prison population would shrink and the crime rate would go down. Check out Steve Sailer's color-coded maps on crime rates by race across the United States.

By Randall Parker    2006 June 27 10:23 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
2006 June 12 Monday
California Getting Dumber

Steve Sailer reports California 8th graders only beat Mississippi kids in their science knowledge.

The Future Looks Dumberer: The 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores are now out for eighth grade Science, and the cutting edge state of California, home of Silicon Valley and Cal Tech but also of millions of illegal aliens, ranks second worst out of the 44 states measured, ahead of only Mississippi. In California, only 18% of eighth graders scored at the Proficient or Advanced levels, versus 27% nationwide.

Hawaii was third worst, and then came Alabama, New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana, Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

The highest scoring state was North Dakota (with 43% scoring Proficient or Advanced), followed by Montana, Vermont, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The very white states score quite high. But eventually the Hispanic deluge will drive down scores on those states. Liberals and many neoconservatives will be so happy to see the states become more equal even if that means becoming more equally stupid. Besides, as stupidity becomes more widespread the human tendency to judge oneself relative to those around one will allow smarter people to feel like they have higher status.

Whites also do poorly in California.

The NAEP also reports the scores broken down by ethnicity. California's non-Hispanic whites don't do terribly well either, coming in 8th worst out of 44 states. The bottom of the white barrel is West Virginia, followed by Nevada, Mississippi, Hawaii, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and California.

The top scoring whites are found in Massachusetts, Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Lower white scores in California could be due to several causes:

  • The schools shift resources toward poorly performing dumber Hispanics and therefore fewer classes are pitched at smarter white students. George W. Bush encouraged this trend by signing into law the No Child Left Behind legislation (which should be renamed No Liberal Lie Gets Left Behind).
  • Hispanic students disrupt classes and therefore reduce the amount of time dedicated to teaching.
  • White students in schools with lots of Hispanics do not feel the pressure to work hard to come out on top. They can be intellectually lazy and still think they are doing well relative to the people around them.
  • Hispanic peer pressure makes whites afraid to stand out by performing well in classes.
  • Good teachers might be leaving in frustration and disgust.

We really need a big study where the same kids in several states would be given both NAEP tests and IQ tests. Then we could find out which circumstances cause kids to not learn up to their potential. But our corrupt and damaging liberal elites would probably prevent funding of such a study. It'd produce all sorts of answers that they do not want us or them to know.

Audacious Epigone has done an analysis on national average IQ data which strongly suggests that declining average IQ portends a rise in corruption is in store in America's future.

Lynn and Vanhanen spotlighted the relationship between IQ and the purchasing power parity of nations. It was a groundbreaking new way of understanding prosperity in the world. But PPP's relationship with IQ (contemporary correlation of .60) is actually weak in comparison to IQ's relationship to a host of other quantifiables (Economic transparency/corruption index: .68, Distance from the equator: .67, Births per woman: -.81, Life expectancy: .85). When economic transparency/corruption is taken into account, the effect of IQ on PPP completely disappears, while controlling for a host of variables (IQ, distance from the equator, births per woman, net migration rate, life expectancy, and economic freedom) only mildly moderates the effect of economic transparency/corruption while rendering all the other variables statistically insignificant except for the migration rate (positive net migration being correlated with higher PPP).

We should be seriously worried about a rise in corruption due to immigration. But Europe faces an even bigger problem on that score due to the tendency for consanguineous (cousin) marriage among Muslim immigrants. Steve Sailer found a report in the British Guardian which got hold of a police report that claims Muslim police officers are 10 times more likely to be corrupt than white officers.

A secret high-level Metropolitan police report has concluded that Muslim officers are more likely to become corrupt than white officers because of their cultural and family backgrounds. The document, which has been seen by the Guardian, has caused outrage among ethnic minorities within the force, who have labelled it racist and proof that there is a gulf in understanding between the police force and the wider Muslim community. The document was written as an attempt to investigate why complaints of misconduct and corruption against Asian officers are 10 times higher than against their white colleagues.

The main conclusions of the study, commissioned by the Directorate of Professional Standards and written by an Asian detective chief inspector, stated: "Asian officers and in particular Pakistani Muslim officers are under greater pressure from the family, the extended family ... and their community against that of their white colleagues to engage in activity that might lead to misconduct or criminality."

Just who lives in a society greatly matters. Libertarian economists might want you to believe that all we have to do is lower barriers to the free market and all will be well. But that is nonsense. For a great starting point in reading posts about consanguineous marriage and how extended family bonds weaken larger community bonds see my post John Tierney On Cousin Marriage As Reform Obstacle In Iraq and click back and read all links.

La Griffe du Lion responded to some inquiries I made about the NAEP results with the following in email:

Certainly food for thought. Here are some facts that need to be thrown into the mix:

1. The NAEP data apply to public schools. Bright white students in CA may be hiding in private schools. California mean SAT's, for example, are about the same as the national means.

2. If we disaggregate NAEP 8th grade math scores by race/ethnicity, additional facts emerge:

a. For whites only, California ranks 33/50 among the states and Mississippi 43/50 -- neither distinguished but nevertheless a clear difference.

b. CA blacks rank 31/40 and Mississippi blacks 33/40 (10 states with not enough blacks to establish significant means).

c. Perhaps most interesting is that CA Hispanics rank next to last among Hispanics nationally (36/37). Only Hispanics in Rhode Island fared worse on the 8th grade math test. CA Hispanics are among the least able Hispanics in the nation -- a sure bet to have economic impact down the road if immigration goes unchecked.

3. Despite CA's undistinguished NAEP performance, the fundamental law of sociology remains intact in CA as in the nation. According to my estimates the CA white - black mean difference for 8th grade math is 1.01 SD; nationally it is 0.99 SD. The national white - Hispanic mean difference is 0.81 SD in more-or-less aggreement with the recent finding of Hartmann, Kruuse and Nyborg. The CA white - Hispanic difference is 0.85 SD.

Griffe has explained a great deal about racial differences using his standard deviations approach. The standard deviations differences show up across a large range of measures with very similar standard deviations.

By Randall Parker    2006 June 12 10:48 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (8)
2006 June 11 Sunday
On Slave Labor Trafficking

Britain has a problem with slave labour.

Children as young as six are being brought to Britain in their hundreds every year to be used as "slave labour" in sweatshops, private homes and cannabis factories.

Importing children to work in cannabis factories?

What sort of people want to use African children as domestic servant slaves?

Children from China, Vietnam and Malaysia, have been found in sweatshops, restaurants and suburban cannabis factories. African children are often put into domestic servitude, working long hours for little or no reward.

Eastern European children tend to be used to beg and steal - and many more are likely to arrive next year when Romania and Bulgaria are expected to join the European Union.

Charities and police believe most trafficked children are used for slave labour rather than prostitution, but the report says they are "sexually exploited in informal locations, such as private flats, where they are expected to have sex with groups of men".

Not all people believe in the idea of individual rights.

The problem in Britain is small compared to Saudi Arabia.

Statistics from the Supreme Motherhood Council 2002 Report, state that Sana’a alone contained about 29,000 street children. According to some sources, the number of children involved in the market place reached nearly 2 million.

The US State Department has just released the sixth annual 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report which provides a number of insights into the purposes of human trafficking. One of the reasons children are shipped into some Arab countries is to serve as child camel jockeys.

“For victims not located in Islamabad, the government provided victim assistance in 276 temporary shelters where victims received medical treatment, limited legal representation and vocational training.”

In Lahore, it adds, the Child Protection Welfare Bureau assisted in the repatriation and reintegration of 325 child camel jockeys.

Fraudulent marriages are used to get women into Taiwan for prostitution.

The annual "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report examines trafficking problems in 150 countries. The report is focused on raising public awareness of the global trafficking problem and encouraging governments to combat the problem. This year's TIP Report includes more coverage of labor slavery, especially internal labor trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude. Regarding Vietnam, the TIP report states “Women from Vietnam are trafficked to Taiwan through fraudulent marriages for sexual exploitation and labor.” It also states that “the government of Vietnam does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” and that “Vietnam has not made sufficient efforts to combat trafficking.”

Guess which country is not in the US State Department's report on human trafficking? Iraq. How come? Iraq does have a serfdom/slavery problem with imported workers after all.

Oh, and the United States does not rate itself on human trafficking either. Makes sense. We make so little effort to control illegal entries that human traffickers have an easy time bringing people in. But a negative report by the State Department would lead to demands that the US Senate go in the opposite direction than they want to go.

By Randall Parker    2006 June 11 10:10 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (6)
2006 June 04 Sunday
Ron Guhname Compares Ethnic Groups

The Inductivist blogger Ron Guhname digs through the results of the National Opinion Research Center General Social Surveys (GSS) and finds facts about groups that go against the conventional wisdom. He's been digging for info in the last couple of months about Mexicans compared to other immigrants and has dug up a lot of facts that do not support immigration myths widely promoted by the "Open Borders" crowd. I've collected up many of his posts on this topic and excerpted them below.

Some happy talkers argue that Mexicans come to the United States for freedom. I think they come to make more money. If they come for freedom you'd expect they'd be keen on becoming American citizens. Nope. Most Mexican immigrants do not place much value on American citizenship.

Mexican immigrants do not value American citizenship: An iSteve.com reader wrote that illegals don't want to be citizens, but "Mexicans with benefits." What do the data say? GSS respondents were asked how important is it to them to be an American citizen. Only one-third of Mexican immigrants said this was important. Almost twice as many immigrants from all the other countries felt this way (60%). Eighty percent of native-born Americans value their citizenship.

They don't come here for freedom. If they did they'd want to become citizens. They come here to make more money.

Mexicans are most race conscious after blacks.

Mexicans are the most race conscious, after blacks: The General Social Survey asks which social identity is most important to the respondent, then lists the following: current occupation, race/ethnicity, gender, age, religion, political party, nationality, family or marital status, social class, and region of the country. I was interested in how many Mexicans consider ethnicity to be their most important identity compared with other groups. Fifteen percent of blacks list this as being most important. For whites, it is 2 percent. For Mexican immigrants, it is 12%, and for native-borns of Mexican ancestry, it is 8%. Except for blacks, no ethnic group has numbers that high, whether we are looking at immigrants or those born in this country.

Another post provides a more detailed numeric breakdown on ethnocentricity by ethnic group.

In America, which ethnic group is most ethnocentric? The General Social Survey asked respondents if they think about social and political issues as Americans or as members of an ethnic group. The obvious choice is blacks, right? Well yeah, there's no news there. Listed below are the percent who answered ethnic group:

1. Blacks 43.5%
2. Mexicans 21.9
3. Jews 15.8
4. Italians 12.0
5. American Indians 7.8
6. Irish 5.1
7. Scots 4.8
8. English/Welsh 2.5
9. Germans .9

With massive Mexican illegal immigration, we might be creating yet another nation within a nation. It surprises me that Jews and Italians are more ethnocentric than American Indians! But for most white groups, just about all sense of ethnicity has vanished.

Whites will eventually become more ethnocentric in response. Do the advocates of large scale immigration want to make Americans less individualistic? Or are they just indifferent on this question?

Says Steve Sailer in the comments:

What's funny is that this list is in almost perfect inverse order from how the media stereotypically portrays these groups in terms of ethnocentricity and bias: the Germans want to conquer the world, the WASPs are super snooty and exclusive, etc. etc.

Mexican teens behave poorly.

Truant 4+ days last semester
White 10%
Black 12
Mexican 19

...

Ever tried cocaine
White 5
Black 4
Mexican 10

Ever carry weapon
White 8
Black 12
Mexican 14

Hey there white liberals: Mexicans are worse that blacks by some measures. Take note.

Respect for free speech is not equal among all groups.

For American political values, I looked for a free speech question. Respondents were asked if they agreed that a racist should have the right to give a speech in their community. The numbers (just for immigrants this time):

1. Filipinos 66.7%
2. English/Welsh 66.3
3. Germans 60.7
4. Africans 58.4
5. Italians 56.9
6. Chinese 50.7
7. Indians 50.0
8. Spain 43.9
9. Mexicans 40.8

My guess is that economic libertarians will attach little importance to these results because they attach more importance to the free movement of labor than to free speech.

Some of you may have noticed from events over in Iraq (among other places) that not all people support basic human rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. If you are keen to have such rights then you ought to support immigration policies designed to keep out people who attach less importance to basic rights.

Liberals are making a mistake by supporting mass Hispanic immigration. Hispanics vote for the Democrats because the Democrats are more inclined to deliver government spending for the benefit of Hispanics. But on some other matters dear to the hearts of liberals Mexicans oppose Democratic Party positions and as Mexicans become a larger fraction of the Democratic Party's base they will push the party away from positions that white liberals hold dear. Not surprisingly, lower income Mexicans are less supportive of spending on the environment. Environmentalism is an upper class cause. People who have satisfied their basic needs are more inclined to want to clean up the environment. Poorer people just want more money.

35% of Mexican descent males born in the United Sates have been arrested.

Mexicans are not assimilating: My friends tell me to not worry about illegal immigration because, while we see certain problems now, they are temporary because America has always successfully assimilated new people. Well, one good indicator of assimilation is less and less involvement in crime. But the General Social Survey tells us that recent cohorts of immigrants from Mexico have been differentiating away from mainstream America. Eleven percent of first generation male immigrants admitted that they had been arrested before. Fine, that rate is not high. (They may be underreporting for fear of being deported). But the percent of men of Mexican descent born in this country who say they have been arrested is 35 percent--a huge increase! Studies put the country's number of Hispanic gang members at close to half a million, and most of them were born here.

I never used to see graffiti in my neighborhood. Now I see lots of it. I bet economic models on the effects of immigration do not have graffiti included on the cost side. Nor do I suspect those models include the costs of private schooling and driving costs for taking kids to private schools for those who pull their kids out of schools which are more dangerous and less conducive to learning due to increasing numbers of Hispanic kids in the schools.

To a libertarian predisposed for ideological reasons to see no problem with Mexican immigration my guess is this evidence can pretty easily be ignored. But those who are more empirically minded should consider the empirical evidence on immigration.

Mexican Americans are for big government.

Very strongly agree that government should reduce income differences
Blacks 33%
MA 24%
All Americans 18%

...

Very strongly agree that government should help pay for medical care
Blacks 47%
MA 34%
All Americans 29%

You might think that economic libertarians or the Wall Street Journal Open Borders crowd would be disturbed by these results. But, again, I think they can rationalize away all of this.

The immigration debate is between restrictionsts who marshal large amounts of evidence and large scale immigration advocates who offer myths and unrealistic models.

By Randall Parker    2006 June 04 09:52 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (19)
2006 April 30 Sunday
Dennis Dale On Neoconservatives

Dennis Dale, author of the Untethered blog, reacts to a recent David Brooks column where Brooks tried to argue that multiculturalism is dead. Dale says that identity politics is alive and well and the neoconservatives use the language of the leftists.

To be conservative is to seek the conservation of one’s civilization. It was once a given that this meant preserving morality, language, and customs while placing a high value on citizenship; the antithesis of multiculturalism. Conservatives, long ago grown weary of playing the heavy, have by now so completely absorbed the language of the opposition, trying to out-empathize the left, that they no longer recognize a challenge to civil society when they see it; indeed, in their zeal to prove their anti-racist bona fides they now join in its dismantling. The immigrants are more virtuous than the rest of us argument so gracelessly and naively offered by conservatives of Mr. Brooks' type is no less a refutation of American society than the codified cultural self-loathing of the shrillest leftist. Multiculturalism dead? I’d say it’s arrived.

Indeed, Brooks and a shocking number of his fellow “conservatives” are exhibiting many of the same zombie-like symptoms of the insensate left: imperviousness to reason, incommunicability, and inability to sense pain (inflicted on others that is; their own, well). They are gleefully joining the surging mass of walking dead as they besiege the isolated farmhouse of reason that you and I, my friend, are frantically boarding up. Duck for a moment would you? Got him. As I was saying.

He writes very well and his whole essay is worth a read.

Dennis notes the open borders Republicans use a lot of the same language that the left uses to attack those who wish to defend their country from the Hispanic onslaught.

The open-borders Republicans long ago adopted the insinuations and invective of the Left. A popular conservative blog, one that specializes in quoting articles at length and appending a sentence or paragraph of affirmation or ridicule, so regularly mingles the epithets of the left, racist, islamophobe, etc., with the neo/theo-conservatives' own curious inventions, nativist, realist, hyper-rationalist, that if it wasn’t for their pathological to-the-death defense of the slowly unfolding catastrophe that is the Bush Presidency a visitor might think he had wandered into the blog of an earnest young campus radical.

One reason the liberals have a hard time mounting effective critiques of Bush's Iraq debacle is that Bush uses very liberal-left language to defend it. He claims anyone who would argue that the Iraqis don't have what it takes to be Jeffersonian democrats are being racists. He uses the same language when arguing for open borders.

Lots of conservatives who are afraid of being called racist (and I'm clearly not in their ranks) shrink from making an empirical rational argument against this sort of nonsense. My argument to them: If you put your patriotism ahead of your fears you will challenge their assumptions about human nature and use real evidence about human differences to fight against the idiocy of Bush, the neocons, and the Open Borders libertarians. Nothing less than the truth can win the battle.

Hispanics are fighting for the power to become privileged minorities eligible for the same racial preferences blacks get. Every amnestied illegal and every child born in this country to an illegal is a future claimant on racial preferences for jobs, university admissions, and other slots.

Multiculturalism has in fact achieved a great deal; now one need not even be a citizen to feel that he, by virtue of his sense of racial solidarity, is entitled to not only the same rights as a citizen but to special considerations above and beyond that. As Thomas Sowell has pointed out, under current affirmative action policy an illegal immigrant amnestied by something like the Kennedy/McCain Bill will instantly become eligible for preferential treatment as an assumed victim of white American discrimination and its “legacy.” How’s that for dead, Mr. Brooks?

Racial conflict will rise as whites become another one of Amy Chua's "market dominant minorities". Declining living standards and racial conflict are in America's future unless we build a wall, deport the illegals, and cut way back on legal immigration as well.

In an earlier post Dennis quoted from Francis Fukuyama's break with the neoconservatives.

"The End of History," in other words, presented a kind of Marxist argument for the existence of a long-term process of social evolution, but one that terminates in liberal democracy rather than communism. In the formulation of the scholar Ken Jowitt, the neoconservative position articulated by people like Kristol and Kagan was, by contrast, Leninist; they believed that history can be pushed along with the right application of power and will. Leninism was a tragedy in its Bolshevik version, and it has returned as farce when practiced by the United States. Neoconservatism, as both a political symbol and a body of thought, has evolved into something I can no longer support.

Think about that. One neocon splits from the movement because while he finds his own Marxist style of analysis acceptable he thinks his fellow travellers are Leninists and that embracing Leninist modes of thinking amounts to a bridge too far. This has what to do with Burkean conservatism? The mind boggles. On the bright side Fukuyama draws needed attention to the leftist roots of neocon thought.

I think the current neocons deceive and use conventional conservatives for their own purposes. The Democrats have become too anti-militaristic for neocon purposes. Hence the embrace of the Republicans who are much more fond of guns and soldiers. Don't be their tools. Reject these guys.

By Randall Parker    2006 April 30 07:58 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (11)
2006 April 03 Monday
Americans Driven Out Of Labor Force By Immigrants

The latest bad news report from the Center for Immigration Studies:

Looking first at all workers shows that between March 2000 and March 2005 only 9 percent of the net increase in jobs for adults (18 to 64) went to natives. This is striking because natives accounted for 61 percent of the net increase in the overall size of the 18 to 64 year old population.

• As for the less-educated, between March of 2000 and 2005 the number of adult immigrants (legal and illegal) with only a high school degree or less in the labor force increased by 1.6 million.

• At the same time, unemployment among less-educated adult natives increased by nearly one million, and the number of natives who left the labor force altogether increased by 1.5 million. Persons not in the labor force are neither working nor looking for work.

• In total, there are 11.6 million less-educated adult immigrants in the labor force, nearly half of whom are estimated to be illegal aliens.

• Of perhaps greatest concern, the percentage of adult natives without a high school degree who are in the labor force fell from 59 to 56 percent between March 2000 and 2005, and for adult natives with only a high school degree participation in the labor force fell from 78 to 75 percent.

• Had labor force participation remained the same, there would have been an additional 450,000 adult native dropouts and 1.4 million adult natives with only a high school degree in the labor force.

• Data collected since Hurricane Katrina, in January 2006, show no improvement in labor force participation for less-educated natives. It shows a modest improvement in unemployment only for adult native dropouts, but not for natives with only a high school degree.

• The decline in less-educated adult natives (18 to 64) in the labor market does not seem to be the result of more parents staying home with young children, increased college enrollment, or early retirement.

• There is some direct evidence that immigration has harmed less-educated natives; states with the largest increase in immigrants also saw larger declines in natives working; and in occupational categories that received the most new immigrants, native unemployment averages 10 percent.

• While most natives are more educated, and don’t face competition from less-educated immigrants, detailed analysis of 473 separate occupations shows that 17 million less-educated adult natives work in occupations with a high concentrations of immigrants.

• Some of the occupations most impacted by immigration include maids, construction laborers, dishwashers, janitors, painters, cabbies, grounds keepers, and meat/poultry workers. The overwhelming majority of workers in these occupations are native-born.

• The workers themselves are not the only thing to consider; nearly half of American children (under 18) are dependent on a less-educated worker, and 71 percent of children of the native-born working poor depend on a worker with a high school degree or less.

• Native-born teenagers (15 to 17) also saw their labor force participation fall — from 30 percent in 2000 to 24 percent in 2005.

• Wage data show little evidence of a labor shortage. Wage growth for less-educated natives has generally lagged behind wage increases for more educated workers.

Automation has reduced the demand for manual laborers and manual labor wages have declined as a result. International trade with countries which have very low wages has also decreased demand at the bottom. Given that the native workers with lower levels of intelligence and fewer skills already are taking it in the chin from these factors why pile on them and make their lives even harder by importing millions of low skilled laborers?

Some argue there are jobs Americans just won't do. But in the dwindling number of areas of America not yet hit by the Hispanic immigrant deluge Americans do collect trash, wash dishes, clean hotel rooms, dig ditches, and all the other jobs at the bottom. They already earn very low salaries. Why drive their salaries even lower?

Immigrants from relatively poorer countries find low US manual labor wages a step up from what they were paid in Mexico, Central America, and other less developed countries. But their children who grow up here will see US wages from a vantage point more like that of natives. So if they do not achieve at the level of American whites they are likely to feel some resentment and some sense that the system is not fair.

Some Open Borders advocates point at negative attitudes toward work found in some lower class Americans and justify use of immigrants as a way to avoid dealing with bad attitudes in America's lower classes. But the Open Borders advocates ought to ask themselves whether it is reasonable to expect the children and grandchildren of current immigrants to be immune to the influences which have shaped the descendants of previous generations of immigrants. Given that our current wave of immigrants is expanding the lower classes more rapidly than it expands the middle and upper classes we aren't just demoralizing the lower classes. We are making them a bigger fraction of society.

By Randall Parker    2006 April 03 08:49 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
2006 March 09 Thursday
Border Counties Would Make Worst 51st State

Time to build a wall.

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.

To view the complete study visit http://www.bordercounties.org or http://www.iped.utep.edu .

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.

By Randall Parker    2006 March 09 09:11 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (2)
2006 January 15 Sunday
Immigrants Outnumber Natives On US Territory Of Saipan

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, has written an article on the results of the United States government's policy of allowing the elites of Saipan to set their own immigration policy. Krikorian starts out with a great quote from Teddy Roosevelt about immigrants as human capital versus immigrants as citizens.

Never under any condition should this nation look at an immigrant as primarily a labor unit. He should always be looked at primarily as a future citizen.
-- Theodore Roosevelt, 1917

The Rough Rider got it exactly right. Do we want a nation of citizens? Or do we want a nation of economic work units who plug into their workplaces to produce goods? For the latter needs we are better off developing robots. But immigrants inevitably become political actors. Sometimes this is for good and sometimes for ill. That they will take on the responsibilities of citizenship and act as citizens act is by no means assured. Lots of countries have populations but few real citizens. Citizenship is an alien concept in the Middle East for example and the body politic there has essentially summoned up an immune response to this Western concept (really a British and French concept) and rejected the role of citizen.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) was granted control of business regulations and immigration policy when they become territories of the United States after World War II. The elites of CNMI took this as an opportunity to import a massive foreign labor force and work that labor force at very low wages and appalling conditions.

But rather than using the control over immigration to preserve their "culture and community," the island elite and outside businessmen combined it with other loopholes (tariff-free exports to the U.S. and the right to claim "Made in the USA" for locally assembled garments) to upend the intent of the immigration exemption by importing a large foreign workforce. Foreign workers, mostly Filipino and Chinese, now account for the majority of the population of 80,000.

The abuse of the workers became so bad that for a while the Philippines stopped allowing Filipinos to travel to Saipan for work.

The result was not a libertarian paradise. CNMI has high native unemployment and welfare dependency. Most natives work for the government. This is what Open Borders advocates would inflict upon the US mainland if they could get away with it.

Distortion. But moves to limit abuse are irrelevant to the more fundamental impact of a foreign-labor program: the abnormal development of the host society. The foreign-labor program has completely transformed the CNMI's society in a single generation. About 70 percent of the population is now foreign-born, almost all of it non-citizen. Chamorros, the main indigenous ethnic group, used to be a clear majority; they are now barely a quarter of the population.

The guestworker system has also reinforced in the locals a culture of pervasive dependence on government. Fully 70 percent of the labor force is non-citizens, and at least 85 percent of all private-sector jobs are held by Asians. U.S. citizens have an unemployment rate triple that of non-citizens; of the indigenous Chamorros who do have jobs, 56 percent work for the government, fueling a doubling in the size of the bureaucracy since 1980.

The 2000 census found a poverty rate on the islands of 46 percent, up significantly from just two years earlier, and nearly quadruple the U.S. rate. A recent survey found that two-thirds of children in the Commonwealth received food assistance from the local or federal government. The number of people receiving federal Food Stamps specifically has increased more than sevenfold in less than a decade.

The corrosive effect on the work ethic and morals of the American citizens is so bad that, in 1995, the government actually had to issue a directive prohibiting welfare recipients from hiring foreign maids. "Free-market success," indeed.

Welfare recipients with foreign maids. The maids are cheap when there is no minimum wage and they can get imported from countries with much lower average wages.

Do you want the United States to become like Kuwait?

The CNMI's experience over the past 20 years is a clear warning against any of the foreign-worker proposals before Congress. A new guestworker program in the U.S. would have the same basic results: widespread permanent settlement, increased illegal immigration, exploitation of foreign workers, and distortion of our economy and society. "Only a few countries, and no democratic society, have immigration policies similar to the CNMI," wrote the bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform. "The closest equivalent is Kuwait." This is not a club we should want to join.

The "Proposition Nation" neocons make a big deal of their own concept of core American values. Well, one of my core American values is self-reliance. Unlimited immigration creates a culture of dependency. Take away labor laws and workers become treated life indentured servants. This is not self reliance. It is not freedom either.

All the babies being born to imported workers on Saipan and other CNMI are born with the right of American citizenship. But what lessons do they learn about citizenship growing up there under the conditions created by the corrupt CNMI elite? What sorts of "citizens" will they become?

Also see my post "How Jack Abramoff Made Labor Cheap On Saipan". Corrupt American elites and corrupt Saipan elites are like birds of a feather. We should reject these people and take their power away and put an end to America's immigration madness.

Update: Krikorian explains in a nutshell why we are in this mess.

The illegal population in the United States has grown to some 11 million people, not because immigration is some kind of irresistible force, like the tides or the weather, but because the special interests that benefit from uncontrolled immigration -- employers of cheap labor, ethnic pressure groups, left-wing organizations, immigration lawyers -- are not counterbalanced by any special interests that benefit from immigration controls.

Research has shown that the gap between the views of the public and the elite (Big Business, Big Labor, Big Religion, Big Journalism) are wider on immigration than on any other issue. This has resulted in a body of immigration law that looks tough on paper (to satisfy the public), but which is not enforced (to satisfy the elite).

The centerpiece of the Sensenbrenner bill is an attempt to change this, by requiring all businesses to verify new hires' Social Security numbers through an online system, which has been field-tested for nearly a decade. The bill would also expand border fencing to help state and local police deal with the illegal aliens they encounter and make it a criminal offense to be an illegal alien (you thought it already was?).

Krikorian is referring to James Sensebrenner's bill H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, which passed the US House of Representatives on Dec. 16, 2005.

On December 16th, the United States House of Representatives passed by 239 to 182 votes a bill sponsored by James Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin. This would make illegal immigration a felony, create a crime of employing or aiding undocumented migrants, and order “physical infrastructure enhancements” (ie, a fence) along more than a third of the 3,100 kilometre (2,000 mile) border.

The New York Times and other liberal media are joining ethnic activists and business interests to prevent the passage of the bill in the US Senate. The New York Times is not happy.

The Times warned darkly that the bill "would broaden the nation's immigrant-smuggling law so that people who assist or shield illegal immigrants would be subject to prosecution. Offenders, who might include priests, nurses or social workers, could face up to five years in prison. The proposal would also allow the authorities to seize some assets of those convicted of such a crime." Moreover, the bill "could also subject the spouses and colleagues of illegal workers to prosecution."

Business interests oppose any measure that will reduce the supply of labor and drive up labor costs.

At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Randel Johnson said Wednesday that the business group wanted a more comprehensive approach. The group favors both a program for temporary workers and a "pathway to legal status" for undocumented immigrants, he said.

"The House bill is unacceptable to the business community," said Johnson, chamber vice president for labor, immigration and employee benefits.

I'd love to make employers of imported labor pay for all the costs of that labor. Right now they get subsidized labor where many of the costs are paid for by the rest of us.

Note how "true immigration reform" is a code term for amnesty and open borders.

Democrats Gwen Moore of Milwaukee and Ron Kind of La Crosse plan to vote no.

Moore, citing the absence of a guest worker program, said the bill fell short of true immigration reform. The measure "generally diminishes the chances that immigrants have of becoming permanent citizens," she said

The US House more closely represents the will of the people. The US Senate and President tend to be more closely allied with elites. So Sensenbrenner and allies face an uphill battle trying to get more border fences and interior enforcement of immigration controls. So far America's traitorous elites are winning and America as a whole is losing on immigration.

Update II: Sensenbrenner's bill has all sorts of measures aimed at improving border security.

H.R. 4437 gives more direction to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Secretary of Defense in five specific areas:

  1. It calls for them to develop a plan to increase the availability of the Department of Defense surveillance along the U.S. international land and maritime borders
  2. To assess border security vulnerabilities on Department of Interior land directly adjacent to the U.S. border
  3. Conduct a training exercise on border security information sharing
  4. Establish a Border Security Advisory Committee
  5. Establish a university-based center of Excellence for Border Security

Additionally, the bill also requires that the Secretary of DHS place any alien, unless from Mexico or Canada or who has not been admitted or paroled, into expedited removal if apprehended within 100 miles of the border and within 14 days of unauthorized entry.

If public anger continues to build on immigration the bill might eventually pass.

By Randall Parker    2006 January 15 11:56 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (8)
2005 December 17 Saturday
Hispanic Immigration Prevents Literacy Improvement

When politicians go on about "investments in education" keep in mind that education spending has grown rapidly and yet due to demographic trends resulting from immigration the money spent on education is not improving the average educational level of the American public.

Washington, D.C. — American adults can read a newspaper or magazine about as well as they could a decade ago, but have made significant strides in performing literacy tasks that involve computation, according to the first national study of adult literacy since 1992.

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), found little change between 1992 and 2003 in adults' ability to read and understand sentences and paragraphs or to understand documents such as job applications.

Most of the educational gains made in recent decades came before the 1990s. We've been spinning our wheels since then.

African Americans scored higher in 2003 than in 1992 in all three categories, increasing 16 points in quantitative, eight points in document and six points in prose literacy. Overall, adults have improved in document and quantitative literacy with a smaller percentage of adults in 2003 in the Below Basic category compared to 1992. Whites, African Americans and Asian/Pacific Islanders have improved in all three measures of literacy with a smaller percentage in 2003 in the Below Basic category compared to 1992.

Hispanic adults showed a decrease in scores for both prose and document literacy and a higher percentage in the Below Basic category. The report also showed that five percent of U.S. adults, about 11 million people, were termed "nonliterate" in English, meaning interviewers could not communicate with them or that they were unable to answer a minimum number of questions.

Immigration trends seem set to make America go backward in terms of educational attainment.

Other report highlights:

  • White adults' scores were up nine points in quantitative, but were unchanged in prose and document literacy.
  • Hispanic adults' scores declined in prose and document literacy 18 points and 14 points, respectively, but were unchanged in quantitative literacy.
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders' scores increased 16 points in prose literacy, but were unchanged in document and quantitative literacy.
  • Among those who spoke only Spanish before starting school, scores were down 17 points in prose and document literacy between 1992 and 2003.

To put its findings in perspective, NAAL also reported on U.S. population changes between 1992 and 2003. During the decade, the percentage of white adults decreased from 77 to 70 percent, while the percentage of Hispanic adults increased from eight to 12 percent. The percentage of Asian/Pacific Islander adults doubled (to 4 percent). The percentage of adults who spoke only English before starting school decreased from 86 to 81 percent.

In another example that the US business press is waking up to the Hispanic immigration problem Investors Business Daily notes that cheap immigrant labor is an obstacle in the way of a more educated populace.

Immigration: A new study shows no progress in promoting the ability to read English. Cheap labor has social costs, and this could well be one of them.

...

Put another way, adult basic literacy in America has been stuck at 86%, despite generally rising levels of formal education.

Note the point that generally rising levels of formal education are not lowering illiteracy. As Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom pointed out in their book No Excuses, equal levels of formal education mask huge differences in knowledge between the races.

"… Blacks nearing the end of their high school education perform a little worse than white eighth-graders in both reading and U.S. history, and a lot worse in math and geography. In math and geography, indeed, they know no more than whites in the seventh grade. Hispanics do only a little better than African-Americans. In reading and U.S. history, their NAEP scores in their senior year of high school are a few points above those of whites in eighth grade. In math and geography, they are a few points lower."

The obvious and widely ignored cause of such differences is the difference in average IQ found between the races. The massive public lie which denies racial differences in intelligence makes most social commentary about education and immigration into an elaborate set of rationalizations which attempt to avoid the elephant in the room.

The Investors Business Daily coverage of the above report on literacy reminds me of the BusinessWeek coverage of a report claiming that when white baby boomers retire the average educational level in the US workfoce will decline due to the rising Hispanic fraction of the US workforce. It is starting to sink into the business press that the Hispanics are not going to provide technical staff for high tech American industries.

Thanks to John Bolton for the tip.

If you want to read more on this general topic see my Immigration Societal Decay category archive.

By Randall Parker    2005 December 17 01:45 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (4)
2005 November 27 Sunday
Bedbugs Yet Another Problem Caused By Immigration

Really, I'm not making this up. The Gray Lady says so. Immigrants from less developed countries are causing a bedbug epidemic in New York City.

"It's becoming an epidemic," said Jeffrey Eisenberg, the owner of Pest Away Exterminating, an Upper West Side business that receives about 125 bedbug calls a week, compared with just a handful five years ago. "People are being tortured, and so am I. I spend half my day talking to hysterical people about bedbugs."

Last year the city logged 377 bedbug violations, up from just 2 in 2002 and 16 in 2003. Since July, there have been 449. "It's definitely a fast-emerging problem," said Carol Abrams, spokeswoman for the city housing agency.

In the bedbug resurgence, entomologists and exterminators blame increased immigration from the developing world, the advent of cheap international travel and the recent banning of powerful pesticides. Other culprits include the recycled mattress industry and those thrifty New Yorkers who revel in the discovery of a free sofa on the sidewalk.

This may sound funny. But extermination costs $300.00 per room and sometimes repeated applications of 4 different chemicals are necessary. Plus, extermination is highly time consuming with the need to put most clothes and other materials in plastic bags. Black market DDT anyone?

Immigration also brings tuberculosis and other diseases.

By Randall Parker    2005 November 27 01:10 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (15)
2005 November 19 Saturday
Immigrant Men Beat Their Wives In Norway

Theresa (don't know her last name) has translated a Norwegian news article into English. Immigrant men in Norway beat their families.

It is more common [in Norway] that men with immigrant backgrounds hit their wives, than do men of ethnic Norwegian backgrounds -- this is demonstrated by the numbers from police and crisis centers from around the country.

Eighty percent of the women that seek out the Crisis Center in Oslo have immigrant backgrounds. [NB. Immigrants make up 22.3% of the Oslo population.*] Nearly all are married to men of foreign origin, discloses the center director, Tone Skjelbostad, to Dagsavisen (the day paper).

Also, nation-wide the numbers show that foreign women staying at crisis centers that are married to immigrant men are clearly over represented comapred to the total number of immigrants [in the country]. In total, 48% of all women at crisis centers had foreign backgrounds in 2004. Sixty-eight percent of these women were married to foreign men.

Of those not married to foreign men I wonder what percentage are married the sons of foreign men or what percentage were beaten by their foreign brothers or fathers.

"We know that there is much violence against women in cultures where men have a lot of power and there is little parity [equality]. Now are there many immigrants from such countries in Norway, and the violent element with foreign backgrounds is growing," said the director of the Crisis Senter Secretariat, Tove Smaadahl.

The women get beaten by their families for dating Norwegian men? Sounds like it:

Many of the foreign women at the crisis centers are also being exposed to [victims of] violence after relationships with ethnically Norwegian men.

"Dark numbers" [lit.]

The numbers from the Oslo police district show that around 70% of family violence cases have attackers or victims, or both, that are of backgrounds other than Norwegian.

8 percent of the population of Norway are immigrants and some are from countries where they don't beat their wives much.

  • The immigrant population is now 365 000. This group accounts for 8 per cent of Norway's population, and the figure has tripled since 1980. Broken down by country, 53 000 are immigrants from other Nordic countries, 45 000 come from other countries in Western Europe and North America, 61 000 come from Eastern Europe, and 205 000 come from Turkey and countries in Asia, Africa and South America.
  • The majority of first-generation immigrants are from Sweden, Denmark, Iraq and Pakistan. 46 per cent of the immigrant population have Norwegian citizenship.
  • The number of immigrants has increased in the last 50 years. The first immigrants to Norway came from Eastern Europe after the Second World War, followed by labour immigrants from Europe and the rest of the world. Since Norway introduced the ban on labour immigration in 1975, the number of refugees from non-western countries has increased.
  • The number of immigrants varies with the immigration policy pursued by the government, the needs of the labour market and global crises. Immigration increased during and after the Balkan wars of the 1990s. In recent years, the majority of new immigrants have come to Norway as a result of family reunions, to start a family with other immigrants or with Norwegians.
  • Statistics Norway has published figures on immigrants since the Population Census of 1865. Back then 1.2 per cent of a total population of 1.7 million were born abroad; the majority in Sweden. In 1920, the immigrant population had increased to 2.8 per cent. During the interwar period there was little immigration, and by 1950 only 1.4 per cent of the population were born abroad.

So you have to figure that those from the Muslim countries, who are only a fraction of the 8%, are doing an awful lot of beating to be the cause of such a large fraction of total beatings. Repeat after me: Muslim immigration is bad.

Update: Check out this Christian Science Monitor article by Bruce Bawer entitled "Not all Muslims want to integrate".

But enduring segregation is a fact of life in France as it is elsewhere on the continent. Millions of "French Muslims" don't consider themselves French. A government report leaked last March depicted an increasingly two-track educational system: More and more Muslim students refuse to sing, dance, participate in sports, sketch a face, or play an instrument. They won't draw a right angle (it looks like part of the Christian cross). They won't read Voltaire and Rousseau (too antireligion), Cyrano de Bergerac (too racy), Madame Bovary (too pro-women), or Chrétien de Troyes (too chrétien). One school has separate toilets for "Muslims" and "Frenchmen"; another obeyed a Muslim leader's call for separate locker rooms because "the circumcised should not have to undress alongside the impure."

Many Muslims, wanting to enjoy Western prosperity but repelled by Western ways, travel regularly back to their homelands. From Oslo, where I live, there are more direct flights every week to Islamabad than to the US. A recent Norwegian report noted that among young Norwegians of Pakistani descent, family honor depends largely on "not being perceived as Norwegian - as integrated."

Again, Muslim immigration is bad.

By Randall Parker    2005 November 19 04:51 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (7)
2005 November 17 Thursday
America Becoming Dumb And Dumber

Steve Sailer points to a depressing report about the dismal demographic future of America.

But now, for the first time ever, America's educational gains are poised to stall because of growing demographic trends. If these trends continue, the share of the U.S. workforce with high school and college degrees may not only fail to keep rising over the next 15 years but could actually decline slightly, warns a report released on Nov. 9 by the National Center for Public Policy & Higher Education, a nonprofit group based in San Jose, Calif. The key reason: As highly educated baby boomers retire, they'll be replaced by mounting numbers of young Hispanics and African Americans, who are far less likely to earn degrees.

Because workers with fewer years of education earn so much less, U.S. living standards could take a dive unless something is done, the report argues. It calculates that lower educational levels could slice inflation-adjusted per capita incomes in the U.S. by 2% by 2020. They surged over 40% from 1980 to 2000.

This National Center for Public Policy & Higher Education pedals the standard liberal tripe that the solution is improved education. Never mind the low correlation between spending per student and educational outcomes. Never mind the huge body of evidence for large differences in average IQs between the races. Faced with a genetically caused difference in average ability and an enormous demographic crisis for the United States the stupid knee jerk liberal response is to make arguments based on the bright shining lie that underlies all American mainstream domestic policy debates. The emperor has no clothes but the yahoos insist on debated flaws in the design of the emperor's gown.

Faced with a huge problem America's pathetic elites vacillate between two responses: A) Lie about it or B) Ignore it. Do we deserve this? Are Americans collectively all so fllawed that most of us deserve the misrule of liars?

More U.S. white-collar jobs will then be likely to move offshore, warns National Center President Patrick M. Callan. "For the U.S. economy, the implication of these trends is really stark," he says.

Callan's projections are based on the growing diversity of the U.S. population. As recently as 1980, the U.S. workforce was 82% white. By 2020, it will be just 63% white. Over this 40-year span, the share of minorities will double, to 37%, as that of Hispanic workers nearly triples, to 17%. The problem is, both Hispanics and African Americans are far less likely to earn degrees than their white counterparts. If those gaps persist, the number of Americans age 26 to 64 who don't even have a high school degree could soar by 7 million, to 31 million, by 2020. Meanwhile, although the actual number of adults with at least a college degree would grow, their share of the workforce could fall by a percentage point, to 25.5%.

Of course educational spending will rise as average academic performance declines with our elites lying the whole way.

You can read the full report. American states with the biggest Hispanic immigrant influxes will suffer declining average living standards.

IF the educational gaps remain as they are (Projection 1), then personal income per capita in the United States is projected to decline from $21,591 in 2000 to $21,196 in 2020—a drop of $395 or 2% (in inflation-adjusted dollars; see figure 8). In contrast, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal income per capita had grown 41% nationally during the two decades prior to 2000. One consequence of such a decline in personal income would be a decrease in the nation’s tax base.

Under Projection 1, over one-third of the states would experience a decline in personal income per capita, including many currently with the highest levels, such as California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. In these states, the decrease in income would be much more substantial than the U.S. average and could significantly affect their tax bases. For example, the projected decline in personal income per capita from 2000 to 2020 in Colorado would be $662, in New York $1,182, and in California $2,475.

Some triumphalist Americans, suckered by neocon propaganda against Europe, delight in making favorable demographic comparisons of the future of the United States as compared to Europe Europe. But even if America's demographic problems are not as bad as Europe's they are still very bad and we have no reason to gloat. We are in deep trouble. Our most productive groups are aging and reproducing below replacement rate. Worse yet, the problem can't be solved as long as our worthless political, media, and academic elites lie about race and enforce a taboo against the truth.

Update: How dumb is America becoming? The really bad news reported by Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom is that high school graduation rates greatly understate the academic differences between the races. The Thernstroms report that 12 grade Hispanics know little more than 8th grade whites.

"Blacks nearing the end of their high school education perform a little worse than white eighth-graders in both reading and U.S. history, and a lot worse in math and geography. In math and geography, indeed, they know no more than whites in the seventh grade. Hispanics do only a little better than African-Americans. In reading and U.S. history, their NAEP scores in their senior year of high school are a few points above those of whites in eighth grade. In math and geography, they are a few points lower."

Also see here for more on the Thernstrom data.

For more bad news see "Hispanic And Black High School Graduation Rates Very Low" and "Immigrants Do Not Improve Academically In Later Generations" and "Texas Standard School Test Results Are Warning On Immigration" and "Worsening English Language Problem With Immigrant Children".

By Randall Parker    2005 November 17 08:56 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (34)
Paris Lost 30 Cars To Arson Each Night Before Riots

Even before the riots the Muslim youths were out torching cars every night.

Car-burning has been described as a rite of passage for young dwellers of the cités, as the housing estates are known. It is so common that in the first seven months of this year, nearly 22,000 vehicles went up in smoke.

That is over 3000 cars a month and over 30 cars a night.

“It’s great. You smash a window, throw in a Molotov cocktail and wait for the petrol tank to go up,” one exultant youth was quoted as saying last week.

On an average Saturday night they burn 30 cars in the Paris suburbs, but as anger swept through them on the night of October 27 several hundred were torched. The figures kept climbing on each successive night of rioting. It seemed that years of built-up anger and frustration had erupted. At first, the police were the target.

Muslim immigration is bad. As for the years of built-up anger and frustration: What France needs is for its native people to erupt against its corrupt elites and replace these elites with leaders who will protect them by deporting the Muslims.

Paris has a population of 2.15 million in the city and 10.5 million in the surrounding area. So say a population of about 12 miilion in the area where the cars get torched. If the United States was experiencing a similar phenomenon nationwide then we'd be losing over 700 cars per night from arson or over a quarter million cars per year.

By Randall Parker    2005 November 17 06:46 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (2)
2005 October 21 Friday
Ethiopian Jews Doing Poorly In Israel

Ethiopian Jews are a big financial burden on Israel.

Each Ethiopian immigrant costs the government about $100,000 over the course of his or her lifetime, according to government estimates.

I'd like to see figures on educational attainment for their children as compared to the Ashkenazi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, Arab Muslims, and Arab Christians. Also, some IQ tests comparing the groups would provide useful insights. But the accurate measures of the truth makes the truth that much harder to deny. So I can understand why the Israeli government might prefer to remain ignorant.

They have high rates of single parent households and higher rates of crime.

The Brookdale survey, based on interviews with about 15,000 Ethiopian residents in eight Israeli cities, offered several findings that are distressing Ethiopian activists. According to the survey, as much as 30% of the Ethiopian family units are single-parent families. Also, more than half of the households that have children under 5 — especially those with large families — do not have any games, toys or books.

The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews has been tracking crime among Ethiopians since 1996, when Ethiopian juveniles committed 139 crimes. This accounted for 1.2% of all opened police files that involve young perpetrators. In 2004, Ethiopians accounted for 4.1% (933 of 22,839) of juvenile crimes — double the proportion of Ethiopians in Israel's overall youth population. The issue drew national attention this past May, when a 16-year-old Ethiopian boy allegedly murdered a 15-year-old girl from the town of Rehovot. Police said the suspect, who was on an unsupervised vacation from a juvenile detention center, was in a drug-induced state when he assaulted and killed the girl.

The Israelis are going to keep bringing in Ethiopian Jews because they identify members of their ethnicity by religious criteria. But the total number of Ethiopian Jews is probably small enough that Israel's immigration problem probably won't get too big to cause the sorts of headaches that the United States has to deal with.

By Randall Parker    2005 October 21 01:40 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (9)
2005 October 18 Tuesday
Hispanics Doing Most Hurricane Reconstruction Work

You might think that the poor blacks and whites of southern Louisina would enjoy a burst of higher paying construction work for Hurricane Katrina reconstruction.. Well, no. The federal government is looking the other way while a huge influx of Hispanic workers is keeping wages down and displacing the locals.

More than seven weeks after Hurricane Katrina cold-cocked the New Orleans area, the London Lodge on Airline Highway still has no electricity and isn't open for business. Nevertheless, it doesn't have many vacancies.

The first floor of the Lodge, a landmark on a strip briefly famous for trysts between prostitutes and a Louisiana television evangelical, is gone, the Sheetrock and furniture and cigarette machines and glass that once comprised it left in smashed heaps scattered about the lot. And housed on the second floor above the piles of moldy rubble are the workers creating those piles.

Most are Latino. Indeed, on similar jobs throughout the hurricane-ravaged region, a majority of the workers are Latino, primarily coming from Texas. The hotels and motels on both banks of the Mississippi River -- most in better shape than the London Lodge -- are filled with these new arrivals.

Take away the Mexicans and rebuilding would stll get done. But it would get done by American citizens at higher wages. The article cites examples of illegals getting $8 per hour. In inflation-adjusted terms that is much lower than the minimum wage in the late 1960s. Take away the illegals and the wages might be a couple of bucks an hour higher and poor black and white Americans would be doing the work. Fewer idle hands would be the devil's workshop for crime. More lower class Americans would learn some work habits. They'd still be getting paid less than minimum wage workers of 1969. But it would be an improvement over current conditions.

The bulk of the Hispanics are illegals.

Rojas is among those who believe that a significant proportion of the Latino work force -- as much as 80 percent, by his estimate -- lacks legal documentation. He candidly acknowledged that a handful of his recent hires are among them. The fact that New Orleans faces emergency needs, and is doing so without a full labor force in place, means fewer questions are being asked, he said.

You hear a lot of liberal Democrats bemoaning black poverty on TV shows and in newspaper columns. But here was an opportunity to give some of those people jobs for higher wages than they normally command and those very same liberal Democrats are utterly silent on this subject as the jobs go en masse to Mexicans (with Ray Nagin as a rare exception). The Democrats strike a pose claiming that they care about poor people. But this really is just a pose.

Next time you hear a liberal Democrat claim that the Republicans are the heartless bastards responsible for poverty in America ask that liberal how the Democrats can stand by and let Hispanics displace blacks from all the construction jobs in southern Louisiana.

By Randall Parker    2005 October 18 09:20 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (69)
2005 August 31 Wednesday
Poverty Rises: Its The Immigration Stupid

The poverty rate in the United States has risen for the 4th year in a row!

WASHINGTON -- Even with a robust economy that was adding jobs last year, the number of Americans who fell into poverty rose to 37 million _ up 1.1 million from 2003 _ according to Census Bureau figures released Tuesday.

It marks the fourth straight increase in the government's annual poverty measure.

I looked in vane for major news stories that might mention the most likely cause of this trend: immigration. But alas, here's the sort of fare to be had:

"I was surprised," said Sheldon Danziger, co-director of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. "I thought things would have turned around by now."

"I was not surprised", said ParaPundit commentator Randall Parker, co-director of nothing in particular. "I thought things would continue to get worse as long as masses of low skilled workers were allowed to flood over the US-Mexico border".

In the article some Bush Administration spin-meister tried to pass the result off as a consequence of the last recession. Eventually the Bush Administration will have to shift toward blaming the next recession.

Here's an obvious clue to the cause which goes unobserved in the mainstream press:

Asians were the only ethnic group to show a decline in poverty _ from 11.8 percent in 2003 to 9.8 percent last year. The poverty rate for whites rose from 8.2 percent in 2003 to 8.6 percent last year. There was no noticeable change for blacks and Hispanics.

Lower class whites are getting their incomes kept down by the Hispanic influx. Plus, the number of Hispanics is growing and their poverty rate is much higher than the white poverty rate. So even if the Hispanic poverty rate does not grow the growth of the Hispanics as a percentage of the total populaton increases the percentage of the total population living in poverty. One cause of rising poverty is therefore obvious.

I searched in vain for commentators who could figure out the obvious. But again I came across Sheldon Danziger:

"There is still a generation of no progress against poverty," says Sheldon Danziger, codirector of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. "Somehow, we have to confront the fact that ... a rising economy no longer lifts all boats."

ParaPundit commentator Randall Parker said "Somehow we have to confront the fact that the law of supply and demand works in the labor market just as it does in other markets. A swelling low skilled labor force increases the ranks of those living in poverty while also increasing fiscal burdens of governments to pay growing social services costs. Worse yet, the influx of millions of low skilled workers, their poor performance in American school systems, and their competition for jobs and housing is lowering the quality of life for natives." Then ParaPundit realized he hadn't completed the pattern of poking at the original quote and he added "...a rising Hispanic demographic wave ties many boats to the pier while the flood waters rise."

Hispanics, who are the most rapidly increasing portion of total population, have the highest rate of lacking medical insurance.

The uninsured rate in 2004 was 11.3 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 19.7 percent for blacks, both unchanged from 2003. The uninsured rate for Asians declined from 18.8 percent to 16.8 percent.

The uninsured rate for Hispanics, who may be of any race, was 32.7 percent in 2004 — unchanged from 2003.

More Hispanics mean more poverty and a larger welfare state. The medically uninsured Hispanics also drive up the cost of medical insurance for everyone else.

Growth in the size of the welfare state prevented the medical uninsurance rate from rising.

As shown in this slide, employment-based health insurance coverage fell 0.6 percentage points between 2003 and 2004, while Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage increased 0.5 percentage points. Also, the percentage of persons covered by military health care increased by .2 percentage points.

Alfred Tella explains how immigration restriction would reduce the rate of poverty.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, noted last year in congressional testimony there is a good deal of evidence millions of Americans without a high school education directly compete with immigrants, and the idea "that there are jobs Americans won't do is simply false."

It follows, if low-skilled immigration were restricted, more Americans would be offered jobs at better wages. Fringe benefits and working conditions also would improve. There would be less income inequality, and welfare costs and poverty would decline. Employers would seek to offset higher wage costs by investing in and employing new technologies, thereby increasing productivity, profitability and economic growth.

The recovery from recession has been pretty jobless for whites and blacks. Also see my post "Hispanics Have Taken Bulk Of New Jobs In Last 4 Years".

By Randall Parker    2005 August 31 12:46 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (21)
2005 July 22 Friday
Londoners Feel Stressed By Lack Of Contact With Nature

Population growth increases stress. Nature reduces stress.

The sight of the sea is the quickest and most effective way to reduce high stress levels for many people, a survey has found.

A poll of 2,000 adults by Hoegaarden found daily stress is a problem for 30% of the population.

However, 84% said being in contact with the natural elements made them feel more relaxed instantly.

Only 19% of rural dwellers found daily strees to be a problem. A sea view was said to be be best stress reducer with 42% of the population saying that looking at the sea reduces stress.

Immigration is the largest cause of population increase in the United States. California's population is projected to reach 60 million by 2040. A decreasing fraction of California's population will have ocean views or views of undeveloped valleys. Developments are spreading out across more deserts and into more valleys. Apartments are packing more people into existing cities. Fewer people will have serenity.

Once upon a time conservationist groups cared about population control. But as non-whites came to represent large fractions of population growth the leftist environmentalists flip-flopped on this issue. Now no population increase is large enough to draw their opposition.

Silence is golden but increasingly rare.

While 30% of the population admit to being seriously stressed on a daily basis, 84% believe that being in contact with the natural elements makes them feel instantly more relaxed. A short walk in a park or the sight of the sea is guaranteed to lower stress instantly.

The survey commissioned by Hoegaarden, is based on a survey of 2000 adults nationwide, who blame a number of factors on their stress levels. These include the morning commute (13%), work itself (32%) and getting up (14%) as the main causes of their daily stress. Just 19% of those who live or work in rural locations say they feel stressed on a daily basis.

Natural antidotes to stress

When it comes to lowering stress levels our senses are key, with 42% of those surveyed, reporting that seeing the sea was the quickest and most effective stress reliever. A third of us benefit most from a walk in the park, 10% cite the smell of cut grass as the best stress buster, and 14% rate hearing a bird as having the biggest impact on reducing stress.

An urban population removed from nature

Although 86% have seen a bird in the last 24 hours, one out of every ten people in the UK haven't seen a sheep or cow for over 6 months. Londoners are almost as likely to have seen a mouse or rat in the last month (22%), as they are a sheep (28%) or cow (28%).

On average city dwellers can expect to spend 73 days without more than 5 minutes of silence at a time, whilst those who live in rural areas go only 14-24 days. Shockingly, almost a quarter (22%) of all Londoners haven't experienced silence for over 6 months.

Housing prices are skyrocketing near coasts. Decades ago ocean front acreage was not so valuable because there was so much of it. But as the population has grown suddenly everyone has realized that relaxing views are in short supply and the prices for the relaxing views has shot up. Unless you make a lot of money expect to live in more stressed environments in the future. In the United States we could reduce the extent of the future decay in quality of life by keeping out immigrants.

By Randall Parker    2005 July 22 12:55 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (20)
2005 July 08 Friday
Weird Unexpected Educational Impact From Hispanic Immigrant Deluge

A neighbor just told me that his son is going to be disappointed to learn he has to go back to school one week early this year and return to school before Labor Day. Why? The Santa Barbara California school district has added an additional third week to the Christmas break in January. And why did the school board make that decision? Lots of illegals from Mexico take their kids back to Mexico for Christmas. They have some sort of long Christmas holiday in Mexico (12 days of Christmas?) and do not bother to bring their kids back to school after the New Year until the Mexican holiday is completed.

What about parents who want to take longer summer holidays and take their kids places? Too bad. The neighbor's complaint was that in two income families finding a way to take care of the kids for an additional week over Christmas is an imposition. Summer day camps and other programs that help out in the summer don't run over Christmas.

And get this: The school district is thinking about extending the Easter break into 2 weeks for a similar reason. Those illegals also don't keep their kids in school around Easter.

You might that the native Americans who pay the bulk of the taxes would have a say. You might think the schools are run for them and not for the illegals. Not any more.

If this sort of thing can happen in a town where houses all cost more than half a million dollars each then it can certainly happen wherever you live.

By Randall Parker    2005 July 08 01:27 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (12)
2005 June 06 Monday
Worsening English Language Problem With Immigrant Children

A new report from the United States Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) paints a picture of a worsening problem in the nation's schools with the inability of immigrant children to speak English.

"The number who spoke a language other than English at home and who spoke English with difficulty increased by 124 percent" from 1979 to 2003, the report says.

The report shows 9 percent, or 3.7 million, of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in 1979 spoke a foreign language at home, and more than a third of them "spoke English with difficulty."

But by 2001, the number of immigrant children who did not speak English at home had grown to 19 percent of the national school population, or 9 million students -- of whom 2.4 million spoke English with difficulty.

Why not require some minimal level of English proficiency even for the children of immigrants before they are even allowed to enter the country?

You can read the full report: The Condition of Education 2005.

In another sign that mainstream media are waking up to the immigrant problem Robert Samuelson of Newsweek says the illegal immigrant influx is undermining the assimilation of those who are already here.

Being brutally candid means recognizing that the huge and largely uncontrolled inflow of unskilled Latino workers into the United States is increasingly sabotaging the assimilation process.

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But no society has a boundless capacity to accept newcomers, especially when many are poor and unskilled. There are now an estimated 34 million immigrants in the United States, about a third of them illegal. About 35 percent lack health insurance and 26 percent receive some sort of federal benefit, reports Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies. To make immigration succeed, we need (paradoxically) to control immigration.

No industrialized modern high tech society has a boundless capacity to undermine the pillars that make it work.

The US Education Department also has some facts and figures about the trend in ethnic mixes in US schools.

Forty-two percent of public school students were considered to be part of a racial or ethnic minority group in 2003, an increase from 22 percent in 1972 (see table 4-1). In comparison, the percentage of public school students who were White decreased from 78 to 58 percent. The minority increase was largely due to the growth in the proportion of students who were Hispanic. In 2003, Hispanic students represented 19 percent of public school enrollment, up from 6 percent in 1972. The proportion of public school students who were Black or who were members of other minority groups increased less over this period than the proportion of students who were Hispanic: Black students made up 16 percent of public school enrollment in 2003, compared with 15 percent in 1972. Other minority groups made up 7 percent in 2003, compared with 1 percent in 1972. Hispanic enrollment surpassed Black enrollment for the first time in 2002.

Keep in mind that the Hispanic portion of public school enrollment understates their portion of school age population because they drop out at high rates. Only 53% of Hispanics graduate from high school and their terrible average academic abilities has placed Texas at the bottom of United States high school graduation rates. The idiot Bush obviously did not pull off an educational miracle while governor of Texas. Lest you might think this is just a Texas problem in the Los Angeles Unified School District 61% of Hispanics drop out. These figures understate the size of the problem. Why? Because people of different races who even manage to graduate from high school graduate knowing drastically different amounts of material. The Thernstroms report that 12 grade Hispanics know little more than 8th grade whites.

"Blacks nearing the end of their high school education perform a little worse than white eighth-graders in both reading and U.S. history, and a lot worse in math and geography. In math and geography, indeed, they know no more than whites in the seventh grade. Hispanics do only a little better than African-Americans. In reading and U.S. history, their NAEP scores in their senior year of high school are a few points above those of whites in eighth grade. In math and geography, they are a few points lower."

Also see here for more on the Thernstrom data.

I keep harping on the Hispanic education failure and the larger set of problems posed by immigration because demography is destiny and America's destiny is looking grim. Our future is "Dumb and Dumber", at least until cognitive enhancement drugs, genetic testing, and germ line genetic engineering become commonplace. While we wait for that distant day to arrive we should stop and reverse the illegal alien influx and put in place high skills requirements for legal immigrants as a proxy for cognitive ability.

By Randall Parker    2005 June 06 03:25 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (38)
2005 May 23 Monday
Texas Standard School Test Results Are Warning On Immigration

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test which 12th graders must pass to get a high school diploma is flunking almost 1 in 10 of Texas 12th graders. (requires free registration)

AUSTIN – Nearly one of every 10 high school seniors – more than 21,000 students from the Class of '05 – can't get a diploma this month because they couldn't pass some portion of the state graduation test after multiple tries, the Texas Education Agency reported Friday.

Minority failure rates were particularly alarming. Fifteen percent of black students and 14 percent of Hispanics – about one in seven – flunked one or more subject areas of the test. The failure rate for whites was 5 percent.

This is the very same Texas where George W. Bush wanted us to believe back in 2000 that he put blacks and Hispanics in Texas on an accelerated learning track with his educational policy changes. Any politician who claims he has greatly improved the outcomes in some state's educational system is a liar.

The TAKS test failures do not even begin to measure the racial differences in educational outcomes in Texas. Texas already has the nation's highest high school drop-out rate and that rate is of course much higher for blacks and Hispanics. Therefore about half of Hispanics do not even stay in school long enogh to take TAKS in the 12th grade.

The TAKS results are incredibly unsurprising. Racial differences in academic performance are pretty stable and substantial. Stefan and Abigail Thernstrom, in their book America In Black And White, compared races by showing what white equivalent grade level of knowledge Hispanics and blacks have achieved when they are in 12th grade.

"… Blacks nearing the end of their high school education perform a little worse than white eighth-graders in both reading and U.S. history, and a lot worse in math and geography. In math and geography, indeed, they know no more than whites in the seventh grade. Hispanics do only a little better than African-Americans. In reading and U.S. history, their NAEP scores in their senior year of high school are a few points above those of whites in eighth grade. In math and geography, they are a few points lower."

Students in the 3rd and 5th grades can not advance to the following grade unless they pass the TAKS test for their grade level. Imagine what could result from holding back kids multiple times. Instead of 17 year old Hispanic kids starting 12th grade if they get held back 4 times until they manage to achieve the minimum standard in earlier grades they could end up 17 years old and in 8th grade. Sound unbelievable? But the Thernstroms report that the average Hispanic or black 12th grader is at the same level of knowledge as the average with 8th grader.

Steve Sailer found data that allowed him to separate 1st generation Hispanic immigrants from later generations.

Recently, while browsing Tom Wood's new "Right on Race" blog, I had a chance to ask Stefan Thernstrom what the NAEP data actually showed. He graciously provided the following raw data, to which I've added some straightforward calculations. (Number fans click here for table).

Conclusion: overall, the white-immigrant Hispanic achievement gap is actually 14% worse than the notorious white-black disparity.

But for American-born Hispanic children (not just second generation, as many might assume, but the second up through the seventh generation), the gap is 67% as large as the white-black variance.

Exactly as I predicted!

Here is yet more evidence that the Hispanic-white educational achievement gap does not close in later generations.

What will American politicians do as the years go by and the use of standard tests and tough requirements for advancement between grades does not close the performance gap between the races? Tough standards will further reduce the number of blacks and Hispanics who get high school diplomas. Will politicians continue to support tough standards as that happens?

The United States should stop the massive Hispanic immigrant influx and it is time we deported all the illegal aliens. The US also needs to raise standards for legal immigrants to assure they and their descendants will be able to perform well in US schools and in the job market.

Students who can not perform well enough to pass tougher tests for high school diplomas ought to be given the opportunity to learn economically useful skills which require less intellectual ability. Most of those students who are not going to cut it academically will still enter the labor force and we woud all be better off if they entered the job market with some vocational training. But those kinds of training are not going to be offered widely enough as long as politicians and pundits pretend that everyone can and should aspire to attend college.

By Randall Parker    2005 May 23 09:13 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
2005 April 23 Saturday
A UK Labour Party Member Loses Faith In Multiculturalism

UK Labour Party member Leo McKinstry traces the development of his disillusionment with multiculturalism and immigration.

Indeed, at the beginning of the Nineties, I could hardly have been more enthusiastic in my support for multiculturalism. As an Islington Labour councillor, I chaired the borough’s equal opportunities committee. I marched for Kurdish refugees and did voluntary work teaching English to Asians. As an aide to Harriet Harman, I spent much of my time trying to resolve the immigration and housing problems of her African-Caribbean constituents in Peckham. But even in the middle of all this activism I began to have my doubts that multiracial immigration was of universal, undiluted benefit. Peckham was a place of fear, where any sense of community had vanished and violent crime was rife.

Think about that. He had to witness absolutely appalling social decay before beginning to doubt his beliefs. Humans form political beliefs that are every bit as intense and irrational as their religious beliefs. Faith in secular platitudes like "diversity" can be every bit as deeply held as faith in supernatural matters and the afterlife.

And ethnic minorities are far more likely to be welfare claimants than their white counterparts: 28 per cent of all ethnic minority groups and 34 per cent of blacks receive income-related benefits, compared with 18 per cent of whites. When it comes to housing benefit or income support, blacks are twice as likely as whites to be claimants. But the problems go far beyond economics. Britain was once renowned as a place of gentleness, where even the policemen were unarmed, but we now have urban violence on a scale that would have been unthinkable for the postwar generation of Britons. Some of this is no doubt the result of a degenerate culture, and a reluctance by the police and courts to enforce the law, but some is clearly the long-term result of immigration. According to the British Crime Survey, 31 per cent of all street robberies in Britain are committed by criminals of African-Caribbean origin, while at least 60 per cent of all muggings in London are perpetrated by blacks. Only last week it was reported that shootings in Brent have gone up by 22 per cent in the last 12 months — this in a borough that was recently paraded as a success story in driving down gun crime. Black and ethnic minority groups account for 24 per cent of the male and 31 per cent of the female prison population, despite the fact that white defendants are more likely to be found guilty in court.

Why let high crime groups into a highly civilized country? Once upon a time in Britain the idea of saying "It's being-hit-on-the-head lessons in here" was considered to be a "stupid concept". But now the equivalent has been embodied in government policy and the whole nation experiences the result.

The welfare state also helped to make the decay possible. But I don't think many members of the Labour Party want to own up to how they contributed to societal decay by supporting the growth of the welfate state.

The Liberal Democratic Party trying to appeal to Muslims while the new Respect Party, a coalition of socialists and Muslims, is trying even harder to appeal to Muslims.

As the recent vote-rigging scandal at Birmingham City Council shows, Third-World practices in intimidation and corruption have now become a part of British democracy. Just as worryingly, the politics of race has poisoned some of our urban constituencies. It is telling that the Liberal Democrats won recent by-elections in Leicester and Brent because of their anti-war, pro-Islamic stance but lost in the mainly white North-East seat of Hartlepool.

The socialists see the Muslims as an important source of votes.

British political parties might end up reorganizing along ethnic and religious lines. The UK Independence Party and British National Party will compete with with the Conservatives for the white middle class and even the white working class vote. Labour and the Liberal Democrats will try to maintain their appeal to some white working class voters as well as leftists and intellectuals while competing with Respect and other parties for black and Muslim voters. But my guess is that in areas with heavy Muslim concentrations avowedly Muslim parties will win more elections.

While not much talked about America's main two political parties are already partially aligned along racial lines. The Republicans consistently win the majority of white voters. The Democrats consistently win large majorities of black and Hispanic voters. The Republican Party might not stay as one of the main two US parties though because it seems intent on promoting policies such as open borders and racial preferences that are harmful to the interests of white voters. The US might eventually see the emergence of a US equivalent of the UK Independence Party that strongly promotes immigration restriction.

By Randall Parker    2005 April 23 03:13 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (39)
2005 March 25 Friday
More Bad News On Hispanic Gangs And High School Graduation Rates

Newsweek has an article about the Central American (primarily El Salvadorean) gang Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 which is spreading out across America in increasing numbers.

Composed of mostly Salvadorans and other Central Americans—many of them undocumented—the gang has a uniquely international profile, with an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 members in 33 states in the United States (out of more than 700,000 gang members overall), and tens of thousands more in Central America. It's considered the fastest-growing, most violent and least understood of the nation's street gangs—in part because U.S. law enforcement has not been watching as closely as it might have. As authorities have focused their attention on the war against terrorism, MS-13 has proliferated. In the FBI's D.C. field office, the number of agents dedicated to gang investigations declined by 50 percent.

The article says MS-13 is found even in such places as Boise Idaho and Omaha Nebraska. Yes, Hispanic immigration can ruin even the plains states and the states in the Rockies.

Oscar Bonilla of El Salvador's National Council for Public Security says MS-13 in the United States may become as well organized and therefore more effective as it is in El Salvador.

If MS-13 is seeking to create a national command in the United States, it would be emulating its model in El Salvador. There, says Oscar Bonilla, director of the National Council for Public Security, the gang is "highly organized and disciplined ... with semi-clandestine structures and vertical commands." As a result, its criminal operations are all the more efficient and pervasive. The administration of President Tony Saca has responded with a super mano dura ("super hard hand") policy, reforming the penal code to facilitate gang prosecutions. "We're not dealing with Boy Scouts or bums," Saca told NEWSWEEK. "We're dealing with true assassins, rapists."

To native American citizens I ask this question: Hasn't mass Hispanic immigration become a case of Monty Pythonesque "Getting Hit Over The Head Lessons"? Why inflict a massive killer gang on ourselves? And, yes, we are inflicting it on ourselves by allowing our elites to leave our borders uncontrolled and our immigration laws poorly enforced. It is possible to stop 99.99% of illegal immigration and to deport the vast bulk of the illegals that are already here. Just one year of government costs for treating illegal aliens would pay for a border barrier with Mexico. Stopping the influx would lower the rates of rape, attempted murder, murder, assault, robbery, and a long list of other crimes that Hispanics commit at higher rates than whites.

Crime is just one part of the Hispanic immigration problem. Another big part is their group's abysmal failure in our school systems. In the Los Angeles Unified School District only 39% of Hispanics graduate from high school.

The state has reported a graduation rate of 87 percent, but the Harvard researchers found an overall graduation rate of 71 percent for 2002. Graduation rates for non-Asian minority students were significantly lower, with a 57 percent rate for blacks, 60 percent for Latinos and 52 percent for American Indians. For minority males, the figures were even worse: 50 percent for blacks, 54 percent for Latinos and 46 percent for American Indians.

In the LAUSD, just 39 percent of Latino students and 47 percent of African-American students graduate in four years.

The problem is not unique to LA.

Six of the state’s largest ten school districts graduate less than half of their Latino students: Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento City and San Bernardino City.

75% of Los Angeles students are Hispanic. So their school system is going to be a permanent basket case. Even if LAUSD was to improve to the point of approaching national Hispanic high school graduation rates that would not help much. Nationwide only 47% of Hispanic males graduate from high school. Heavily Hispanic Texas now has the lowest high school graduation rate in the country.

Contrast those Hispanic and black LA graduation figures for 2002 with another study that looked at graduation rates in states in 1998. States with few blacks or Hispanics have very high high school graduation rates.

Looking at statewide numbers, Iowa led the way with 93 percent of its public high school students graduating in 1998, followed by Wisconsin and North Dakota (both 87 percent), and Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Vermont (all 85 percent). Minnesota, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Montana also were at 80 percent or better.

America does not have a happy melting pot future. The wealth gap between the races is widening. Some argue that this situation will fix itself as immigrant groups improve in later generations. However, all evidence supports the argument that "Immigrants Do Not Improve Academically In Later Generations". A previous post takes this information from a Samuel P. Huntington article in Foreign Policy. Check out the abysmal performance of later generations of Mexican immigrants to the United States.

Update: One argument made by defenders of massive immigration from Mexico is that the initial immigrants may not be well educated but the successive generations of their children and grandchildren will eventually approach US norms. Well, no. The most stunning table in Huntington's article shows little improvement in education attainment across generations of Mexican immigrants.

Education of Mexican Americans by Generation (1989-90)

First Second Third Fourth All Americans *
No high school degree (%) 69.9 51.5 33.0 41.0 23.5
High school degree (%) 24.7 39.2 58.5 49.4 30.4
Post high school degree (%) 5.4 9.3 8.5 9.6 45.1
* Except Mexican Americans, 1990

Look at the bottom row showing post-high school achievement even into the fourth generation. This is happening in spite of the fact that racial quotas for college admissions used by so many colleges and universities have long applied not just to blacks but to Hispanics as well. This is a stunning result. I honestly expected a higher figure just because enough universities have enough dubious departments with low standards that it is possible to get a bachelor's degree without studying much difficult material.

It is extremely irresponsible for America's elites to continue to support mass Hispanic immigration.

Note: Thanks to TangoMan of the Gene Expression blog for a heads-up on the Newsweek article.

By Randall Parker    2005 March 25 01:41 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (50)
2005 February 24 Thursday
Most Mexicans Rarely Read Books

Books are unpopular in Mexico.

Despite having three times the population of Argentina, Mexico produces about 2,000 fewer titles each year. There are roughly 500 bookstores in Mexico, which translates into one for every 200,000 Mexicans, compared to a ratio of one to 35,000 in the US and one to 12,000 in Spain, according to the Mexican Booksellers Association. A recent UNESCO study revealed that Mexicans read on average just over two books per year, while Swedes finish that many every month.

The Mexican government has made great strides, reducing illiteracy to less than 8 percent, compared with around 20 percent two decades ago, placing it leagues ahead of Central American countries and even beyond Latin America's other economic powerhouse, Brazil. Yet it has had little success encouraging active reading.

Bookstores are a lot like America to most Mexicans: a foreign alien land.

But, some argue, the European countries already had a public predisposed to reading. "For the majority of Mexicans, bookstores are a completely alien place," says Jesus Anaya, editorial director at publishing house Grupo Planeta. Although more titles and lower prices would certainly appeal to current readers, he doubts they'll create new ones. "I'm not sure that waving a magic wand of fixed prices can bring this cadaver to life."

Of course this is consistent with average Mexican immigrant academic performance in the United States. Over 4 generations there is no trend of improvement in academic performance though the first generation native born descendants are an improvement over the average 8th grade educational level of the initial arrivals. America is a first world country with a highly productive and developed economy. That economy has a declining demand for low skilled manual laborers as demonstrated by a continually widening gap between the most and least skilled and as a result wages at the bottom end are not keeping up with average wage increases. The most developed economy in the world does not need immigrants who do not like books.

By Randall Parker    2005 February 24 08:43 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (39)
2005 February 21 Monday
White Flight From Nebraska Schools Caused By Hispanic Immigrants

White parents are making use of Nebraska's rules that let parents send their kids to any public school and are pulling their kids out of schools with lots of Hispanic immigrants. (same article here and here)

Like many of Nebraska's school systems, the Lexington district where Eisenhauer is superintendent has seen an influx of Hispanics, largely because of jobs at the meatpacking plants, and an accompanying exodus of white students to public elementary schools just outside town.

And there is nothing Eisenhauer can do about it. Nebraska law allows students to switch schools without giving a reason.

The white parents are fleeing an ethnic group that does poorly in school and which has more problems with broken families, crime, and other social pathologies. But of course some scoundrels are going to unfairly accuse the parents of ignorant prejudice.

There is a bill in the Nebraska legislature (which is uniquely unicameral if memory serves) to put a stop to white flight from schools. The one Hispanic state legislator is outraged that whites would flee from Hispanics. By contrast, I am outraged that illegal aliens are spreading across the great plains and that George W. Bush and Karl Rove want more, not less, of this. I am also outraged that these Hispanic illegal immigrants are there to drive down the wages in meatpacking plants where wages were already pretty low to begin with.

The ability to send kids to other districts is preventing a white flight at the level of residential neighborhood living.

Beginning in the 1960s, white flight to the suburbs left many big-city school systems across the country predominantly black. But what is happening in Nebraska is a different phenomenon: The white families are staying put; they are just sending their kids to school outside town.

This is possible because Nebraska, unlike many other states and communities, does not require students to attend the schools in the district in which they live.

If this bill passes then the white flight will escalate to the level of selling houses and buying or building houses in other school districts. This will be far more expensive for the white parents and will do serious harm to the quality of life in the towns and cities the whites will flee from. Take away the group that has the highest level of reproduction in marriage (Hispanics have about twice the illegitimacy rate of whites) and the most economically successful, educated, law-abiding, and civically active members of a community and that community will deteriorate. Of course, if more people who are poorly educated, earn lower incomes, have kids illegitimately at higher rates, and commit crimes at higher rates (and also see here) then the whites will eventually flee anyway. But take away their ability to put their kids in better schools and they will flee sooner and in larger numbers.

What is most disappointing about this story if that even if a person is willing to move to a fairly lowly populated state that is widely seen as undesirable due to climate and business conditions immigration still reaches such places and make them worse than they already are. We need to put a stop to massive immigration before more places in America become places to flee from.

Update: One other point: Nebraska has a grade school system that is, in effect, a public school voucher system. Why hasn't this fact attracted more attention from policy wonks and political commentators? Parents can send their kids to any public school that they can manage to arrange to have their kids transported to daily. It would be interesting to know what percentage of the parents used this ability before the Hispanics showed up. One reason vouchers are feared by middle and upper class suburbanites is that the suburbanites see vouchers as a mechanism that would take from them the rights to good schools (read: good fellow students) that they purchased when they bought their expensive houses. If Hispanics rather than whites start using the Nebraska system to send their kids to schools in other districts then expect the white population in Nebraska to quickly shift against the continuance of the current system.

By Randall Parker    2005 February 21 12:17 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (11)
2004 December 25 Saturday
Most Prisoners In France Are Muslim

Most prison inmates in France are Muslims. (same article here and here and here)

In less than a decade, there has been a radical shift in France's prison population, a shift that officials and experts say poses a monumental challenge.

Despite making up only 10 percent of the population, Muslims account for most of the country's inmates and a growing percentage of the prison populations in many other European countries, an indication of their place at the bottom of the Continent's hierarchy.

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France's prison population has risen by 20 percent in the past three years, largely because of aggressive pursuit of lower-level crimes. The proportion of Muslims in prison has been growing even faster, reflecting the relative youth of Europe's largely Muslim immigrants. While there are no official data on issues of race and ethnicity in much of Europe - it is in fact illegal to keep such data in many places - experts on prison populations agree on the new disproportion of Muslims here and elsewhere.

Note how exact data is not available. The anti-empiricism of the politically correct is therefore a problem that extends throughout the West and is even more extensive in Europe than it is in America. In America a lot of the data comparing groups is collected but then either ignored or explained away. But you can come to understand a great many unpleasant facts if you want to put your mind to it. However, in America social science work that is likely to uncover unpleasant truths (e.g. psychometrics research) receives little funding in order that the unpleasant truths remain semi-plausibly deniable.

In Europe the data is not collected at all or kept secret by governments. Some government reports from Europe fabricate false facts to hide the truth about problems with Muslims. I have seen claims translated from the German press that in Germany the Turkish immigrants supposedly lag the native Germans in educational attainment, income, employment rates, and a whole host of other indicators while the Turks have higher crime rates and assorted other social pathologies. But the government is keen not to let all that get spelled out with detailed quantitative comparative studies of various subpopulations in Germany. But the facts do not go away just because they are denied and hidden.

By Randall Parker    2004 December 25 12:01 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (2)
2004 December 17 Friday
Dutch Emigrate In White Flight Across Borders

More Dutch are leaving than there are Muslims arriving.

The first picked up on figures showing that an exodus of native-born Dutch in search of a new life abroad has reversed immigration flows for the first time since the Second World War.

Last year, more people left the Netherlands than arrived, despite low unemployment and the highest per-capita income of any major country in Europe.

The flight is not of frustrated young people in search of better prospects, but of lawyers, accountants, computer specialists, nurses and business people. They have been applying for visas to the English-speaking world: Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

This new wave of "middle-class flight" has quickened this year following rising ethnic violence, and suggests that the Dutch, held up as a model of tolerance, liberalism and inclusiveness, are growing so disenchanted with multi-culturalism as to vote with their feet.

Of course the Muslims are having more babies than the Dutch are.

The Dutch have high living standards and yet are leaving for Canada and New Zealand.

Last year more people left the Netherlands than arrived as migrants or asylum seekers, even though unemployment remains low at 4.7 percent and per capita income is higher than any major country in Europe.

Fortunately America is still big enough for "white flight" to occur into rural areas and into the so-called "Red States". However, the areas to flee from are growing in number and size while the areas to flee to correspondingly shrink. Also, the destination areas are not as desirable in many ways (e.g. high plains weather is less desirable than SoCal weather in the view of the vast bulk of the population).

Philosophy student David van Ofwegen of Leiden Netherlands thinks the Muslims will eventually take over Holland.

If supporting freedom of speech is the common opinion in Holland now, it won't be in 40 years time. What's happening in Holland, and in the rest of Europe (think of France and its 300 lawless ghettos) is a fundamental invasion of one of the most free and social societies in the world, by those making use of those very same liberties and privillages to cause a demographic, and eventually a theocratical revolution. You're being attacked by Islam; we are becoming Islam. Numbers of victims or of the population involved may sound interesting and lead to judgements about our intolerance (intolerant Dutch, talk about stereotypes!), fact remains that the current situation is not a simple equation of people against burning mosques.

I've been meaning to post about Dutch politicians who have been found on Jihadist lists targetted for death and who have received death threats in other ways. The politicians who are being targetted for death are rather like the canaries in the coal mine. But perhaps more importantly, the targetting of the politicians has the beneficial effect of causing them such fear that they have to face the problem that Muslims pose for freedom in the Netherlands. Even the politicians who are not known to be targetted and who have not spoken critically of Muslims or Islam must be feeling more nervous any time they step out in public and when they fall asleep each night.

Some politicians threatened with death by the Jihadists have gone into hiding in safe houses with police protection.

Among those threatened are Somali-born MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who has already been in hiding for two years, the parliamentary leader of her VVD Party, Jozias van Aartsen, and Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen.

According to the mass circulation daily De Telegraaf, the fundamental suicide commando death list also includes the names of independent parliamentarian Geert Wilders and Deputy Amsterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. De Telegraaf writes that both Hirsi Ali and Wilders had been taken to heavily guarded safe houses.

The list of threatened people is at least a half dozen long at this point.

Wilders, who had been planning to form a party to tackle “the Islamic problem” now also has 24-hour police protection. There is apparently one more Dutch politician, besides Hirsi Ali and Wilders, who has now been accorded 24 hour police protection. Outside parliament, a Dutch TV chat show host has also been given protection. And the mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen has also now been put on the hit list, as has the deputy mayor, fellow Muslim Ahmed Aboutaleb.

I haven't been able to find a link that provides a name for the talk show host. Also, from the description of these articles I suspect there is at least one more Dutch Parliamentarian who has been threatened with death whose name has not been mentioned in any of these linked articles.

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has also been threatened.

The Mayor of Amsterdam has also been threatened with action from the beheading community, as has his Muslim deputy, and they, too, are under 24-hour protection, as are two other members of Parliament, including Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk.

Ms. Verdonk's thinking has obviously been changed by being targetted for death.

Ms Verdonk recently announced that the Government would introduce a law to strip Islamic radicals with dual nationality of their Dutch passports.

Geert Wilders wants to deport the radical Muslims and ParaPundit agrees.

“My life has changed completely. I am sleeping very badly. To think that someone plans to kill me is something that no person would have a good night's rest about,” he said. “Even though I have this protection, I am afraid. Even when I am on the floor of the parliament, I don't feel comfortable.”

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With radicalism spreading among the country's one million Muslims — 5.5 per cent of the population — Mr Wilders wants the top 150 known terrorist sympathisers, monitored by the security services, to be jailed or deported without trial, and the 20 most radical mosques closed down. He also wants a ban on all non- Western immigration for five years while better employment and education opportunities are put in place to integrate ethnic minorities into mainstream society.

“I believe people who work against our democracy, and who favour this fascistic Islamic radicalism, don't deserve the rights of our democracy. They don't deserve the rights of the rule of law. Without going to a judge, they should be arrested and expelled,” he said.

Wilders wants to fight to keep Holland Dutch.

``We have our own norms and values. If you chose for radical Islam you can leave, and if you don't leave voluntarily then we will send you away. This is the only message possible.''

"If we don't do anything ... We will lose the country that we have known for centuries. People don't want the Netherlands to be lost and this is something that I get angry about and I am going to fight for, to keep the country Dutch.''

Geert Wilders opposes Turkish membership in the European Union.

Wilders split with the free-market coalition partner Liberal Party two months ago because it backed the candidacy of predominantly Muslim Turkey for the European Union.

He formed his own conservative party, the Wilders Group, which has one seat in the 150-member parliament. But a recent poll suggested his anti-immigrant message was reverberating through the electorate, and he would win 24 seats if elections were held today -- up from 19 seats before Van Gogh's murder.

The Dutch need to shut down immigration for a lot longer than just 5 years. They also need to deport all their illegal aliens and also revoke residency or citizenship from all the radical Muslims and deport them too. Any Muslim legal resident who makes any kinds of threats or breaks any laws should also be deported.

By Randall Parker    2004 December 17 03:38 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (32)
Australia Deports One Woman "Human Crime Wave" To New Zealand

A New Zealand citizen who has spent the vast bulk of her life in Australia is being deported to New Zealand as a way for the Australians to stop being victimized by her criminal activities.

A New Zealand-born woman described by her own lawyer as a "human crime wave" – with criminal convictions stretching to 30 pages – is to be deported to this country despite having lived in Australia since she was one.

She is only 26 years old but has a 30 page long rap sheet.

Patricia Carol Toia, 26, is being held at Sydney's Villawood detention centre for deportation after an immigration tribunal opted to send her back New Zealand, which she last saw as a baby in 1979, the Post reported.

Toia has been sentenced to more than 30 jail terms in Australia for such crimes as robbery, assault and trafficking drugs. She has committed a further 42 offences while in jail.

How can a woman who is only 26 year old manage to be sentenced to 30 jail terms in Australia? You have to be out of jail to commit crimes that are committed on the outside. Also, if this woman was still serving time for crimes committed in Australia would the Australians deport her before her jail term was up?

Also, if an inmate is committing many crimes in prison shouldn't she be placed in solitary confinement?

The Kiwis are angry at Australia for sending them this threat to public safety.

GILLIAN BRADFORD: It was a perfect summer headline for a New Zealand newspaper: "Aussies send us human crime wave".

Carol Toia is for all intents and purposes an Australian. She has no close relatives or friends across in New Zealand and her whole life of crime has been spent in Australia. But the one thing she never did was take out Australian citizenship, so that's given an immigration tribunal power to order her out of the country.

A decision that's angered New Zealand's Foreign Minister Phil Goff.

PHIL GOFF: She is being deported back by the Tribunal on the basis that legally she is a New Zealander, but actually back to a country that she has no knowledge of, no recollection of and no network of friends.

I don't blame the Kiwis. Now they are going to have to wait for this woman to commit some crimes and then proven she did them so that she can be removed from New Zealand's streets.

There is something seriously wrong with an Australian legal system that it wasn't able to find a reason to lock up this woman for a longer period of time years ago.

By Randall Parker    2004 December 17 03:35 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (6)
2004 September 27 Monday
Oakland Stops DUI Checks To Avoid Catching Illegal Aliens

Truth is stranger and more pathetic than fiction in Oakland California.

OAKLAND -- Oakland police officers have stopped setting up roadblocks to check whether drivers are under the influence because of a rash of complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente.

The checkpoints, which allow officers to demand licenses and proof of insurance, are an effective way to get drunken drivers off Oakland's streets, city leaders agree. But the checks also have ensnared dozens of illegal immigrants who are not licensed to drive yet otherwise obey the law.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol is dangerous. Drunk drivers kill people every day (excuse me for stating the obvious). The mind boggles. But the police do not want to catch people who are driving without a legal driver's license since most of those are illegal aliens. Of course the police ought to be arresting those illegals and holding them for deportation. But our worthless elites are determined to continue undermining the enforcement of immigration law.

Allowing illegals to stay in the United States is deemed as more important than saving lives.

“It’s absolutely insane to stop these checkpoints,” Councilman Larry Reid told the Oakland Tribune. “I would not want to explain to a mother why we stopped doing these checkpoints when we know they work and her son or daughter was killed.”

Update: Former California Governor and now mayor of Oakland Jerry Brown has ordered the resumption of DUI traffic stops.

Oakland police officers will restart the roadblocks next week, despite complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale). The last checkpoint happened more than a month ago.

"The so-called moratorium is hereby terminated," Brown said Monday. "The whole thing was a dumb idea."

Jerry Brown has been showing other signs of common sense of late with his recently stated opposition to loosening the "three strikes" law for convicted felons.

Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown told a legislative committee Monday that passage of a ballot measure to modify the state's "threestrikes" law would "wreak havoc" in his city and in communities all over the state.

"Under this law, you're going to cut loose thousands of people who the prosecutors of this state - all 58 of them - think should be locked up for the rest of their lives," Brown told the hearing on the upcoming Proposition 66 measure.

Brown, mayor of a poor lower class city, knows he needs every tool of law enforcement he can get in maintain the peace and keep the law-abiding people safe from law-breakers. If only most of our political elites could adopt a similar attitude we'd be a lot better off.

By Randall Parker    2004 September 27 10:40 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (4)
2004 August 15 Sunday
Fierce Urban Competition Forcing Urban Hispanic Gangs Into Rural Areas

The murder of El Salvadoran immigrant and MS-13 gang member Brenda Paz in rural Shenandoah Valley Virginia by MS-13 gang members led investigators to a web of connections across rural America. A New York Times article reveals that Hispanic gangs are being forced by an excess of competition in urban areas to expand out into rural America.

Gang activity has traditionally been a function of immigration and labor-migration patterns. Today, with those patterns changing -- with unskilled jobs shifting from cities to rural regions, with sprawl pushing suburbs and exurbs deeper into the countryside -- gangs are cropping up in unexpected places: tiny counties and quaint villages, farming communities and cookie-cutter developments, small towns and tourist resorts. In Toombs County, Ga., for instance, 10 Hispanic gangs roam an area marked by cotton, tobacco and onion fields, according to Art Villegas, who tracks gang activity there for the sheriff's office.

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Many rural gang members, however, are not so much drawn to the opportunities of the countryside as they are pushed out of the city. In the crowded and carved-up inner cities, competition among gangs is fierce. One block that I recently visited in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington was being contested by four different groups. In big-city barrios, trespassing on another gang's turf can get you killed. But in the countryside, the territory is wide open. Gangs operate on a franchise model, and as with fast-food outlets, the closer you get to crowded city centers, the smaller the individual turf. (Think how many McDonald's restaurants there are every few blocks downtown.) In less-populated outlying areas, by contrast, a single gang can service an entire neighborhood, town or county. For an ambitious young gang member, it is easiest to move up the ranks by moving to the countryside.

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Consider, too, the picture of a far-flung criminal network that emerges from the details disclosed in law-enforcement documents about Paz's murder. Jailhouse recordings of her ex-boyfriend (against whom she was expected to testify) include calls from the detention facility in Virginia where he was held, in which he said that she needed to be ''planted so hard, she would never get up.'' MS-13 members called her in Kansas City, Mo., where United States marshals from the Witness Protection Program had her stashed away in a Marriott hotel, and were presumably able to persuade her to leave the program voluntarily. The white S.U.V. that drove her to the site of her death in Virginia had license plates from Georgia.

There is a surplus of Hispanic gang members. They can't find enough criminal work being gang members in cities and so they are franchising their gang operations into the unexplored virgin territory of rural America.

As the article points out, FBI crime statistics show a spike in murders in smaller cities and rural areas while larger police forces are able to keep the lid on in urban areas. Think about it. Rural areas are going to cease to be safe havens from urban crime if current immigration trends cotinue.

We can't take in any more Hispanic immigrants and continue to naively hope that the problems they bring will remain confined to distant cities that we can avoid visiting. We have exceeded the number we can have and still keep their criminals and gangs isolated from the rest of us. Even our rural areas are now going to be ruined by high crime. Hasn't the problem gotten bad enough that it is time to close the border with Mexico and deport all the illegals? This is doable. We just have to get angry enough in sufficient numbers to demand our politicians crack down and put an end to the current huge influx of immigrants.

By Randall Parker    2004 August 15 11:37 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (3)
2004 August 03 Tuesday
Heather Mac Donald: A New Latino Underclass

Another essay by Heather Mac Donald on immigration takes a look at the growing Latino underclass.

Hispanic youths, whether recent arrivals or birthright American citizens, are developing an underclass culture. Hispanic school dropout rates and teen birthrates are now the highest in the nation. Gang crime is exploding nationally - rising 50 percent from 1999 to 2002 - driven by the march of Hispanic immigration east and north across the country. Most worrisome, underclass indicators like crime and single parenthood do not improve over successive generations of Hispanics - they worsen.

Debate has recently heated up over whether Mexican immigration - unique in its scale and in other important ways - will defeat the American tradition of assimilation. The rise of underclass behavior among the progeny of Mexicans and other Central Americans must be part of that debate. There may be assimilation going on, but a significant portion of it is assimilation downward to the worst elements of American life.

So much for the much touted myth of Hispanic family values.

Many cops and youth workers blame the increase in gang appeal on the disintegration of the Hispanic family. The trends are worsening, especially for U.S.-born Hispanics. Nationally, single-parent households constituted 25 percent of all Hispanic households with minor children in 1980; by 2000, the proportion had jumped to 34 percent. The trends in teen parenthood – the marker of underclass behavior - will almost certainly affect the crime and gang rate. Hispanics now outrank blacks for teen births.

Hispanics are failing to get educated.

On the final component of underclass behavior - school failure – Hispanics are in a class by themselves. No other group drops out in greater numbers. In 2000, nearly 30 percent of Hispanics between the ages of 16 and 24 were high school dropouts nationwide, compared with about 13 percent of blacks and about 7 percent of whites.

The constant inflow of barely literate recent Mexican arrivals unquestionably brings down Hispanic education levels. But later American-born generations don't brighten the picture much. Mexican-Americans are assimilating not to the national schooling average, observed the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas this June, but to the dramatically lower "Hispanic average." In educational outcomes, concluded the bank, "Ethnicity matters."

No one knows why this is so. Every parent I spoke to said that she wanted her children to do well in school and go to college. Yet the message is often not getting across. "Hispanic parents are the kind of parents that leave it to others," explains an unwed Salvadoran welfare mother in Santa Ana. "We don't get that involved."

Heather also slams the pro-immigration argument that the Mexicans will retrace the Italian model of eventually rising educational attainment and economic success. The scale of Mexican immigration is too large and the problems span many generations past the initial immigrant generation. Samuel Huntington has pointed out that even into the 4th generation Hispanic educational attainment in America is extremely low. Meanwhile, East Asians are charging through academia with amazing achievements.

By Randall Parker    2004 August 03 12:51 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
2004 July 26 Monday
Steve Sailer On Latin America as Cul-de-sac of Human Creativity

Steve Sailer took the data from Charles Murray's book Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 and sorted out the accomplishments made by Latin Americans and Spaniards in the sciences and arts. What Steve found is that Latin America is the Cul-de-sac of human creativity.

None of the 1,414 scientists who made the cut was a Latin American. That's not too surprising because the mother country, Spain, contributed only four scientists … and even one of those four was the medieval Muslim astronomer Al-Zarqali!

Latin America did a little better in the sphere of high culture, accounting for 18 (or 0.9%) of the 1,990 top artists, composers, writers, and philosophers in the history of Western Civilization. (I'm including among the Latin Americans the only Brazilian in the database, composer Villa-Lobos).

Spain has given the world a fair-to-middling 65 cultural creators—3.3% of all significant figures in the history of Western arts and philosophy. But Spain has been in a bit of a creative slump since its brilliant Golden Age of roughly 1550 to about 1660. There have been only 25 Spanish key creators since 1700. In contrast, the small country of the Netherlands developed 46 significant figures just during the 17th Century.

Steve says there is an obvious lesson here for the debate on US immigration policy.

Nonetheless, the bottom line: Latin America has been the least creative outpost of the West. And that probably won't change much.

America is unlikely to find many creative geniuses among Hispanic immigrants—especially among illegal ones.

One of the big surprises of the last 10 to 15 years is just how little impact Latin American immigrants have made even on popular culture. Blacks are still far far more influential in music, movies, and other aspects of popular culture. Look at comedians. There are more popular black comedians even though there are now more Hispanics than blacks in the United States.

Low overall Hispanic high school graduation rates (which are still lower for Hispanic men) into the 3rd and 4th generation descendants of Hispanic immigrants argue for a continued low level of scientific and technical accomplishment among Hispanics even in the United States.

By Randall Parker    2004 July 26 12:31 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (39)
2004 July 20 Tuesday
Immigrant Incarceration Rate Five Times Higher In Denmark

Eurosavant has a post on a report in the Danish language press about the much higher rate of incarceration (imprisonment) of immigrants in Denmark.

Results of a recently-released survey conducted last May 4 among the population of Denmark's jails by the Institute for Prisoner Welfare (Kriminalforsorgen) and the Danish State Statistical Bureau (Danmarks Statistik) have raised some eyebrows. That study found that a full one-quarter of Denmark's imprisoned criminals (specifically: 955 out of 3,741) are either of foreign nationality or the direct descendants of foreigners.

Eurosavant regularly reports on what is written in a number of different language presses in Europe (and presumably can read Danish, Czech, French, and German to take just 4 examples of languages found in articles he is linking to).

Sounds like immigrants are about 5% of Denmark's population. So this is a high relative rate of incarceration.

If that one-in-four figure seems to you to be a bit out of proportion to the general distribution of foreigners within the Danish population, your instincts are on-target: That rate is a full five times what it would otherwise be if the criminal population were proportionate to the general population.

With a population of 5.4 million Eurosavant points out that Denmark has a rather low rate of incarceration. The US incarceration rate is over an order of magnitude higher than the Danish rate. One reason for that difference is that in the United States the black incarceration rate is about 9.1 times that of the white rate (and high multiples of black-white incarceration ratios are found in Canada and Great Britain as well btw). Also, the Hispanic incarceration rate in the US is 3.7 times that of the white rate. East Asians (the "model minorities" who are ignored in most discussions of race in the United States) have a lower incarceration rate than whites in the US but I don't have any numbers for their incarceration rates.

At the risk of stating the incredibly obvious: demographic trends in the United States and in much of Europe point toward higher crime rates as ethnic groups which commit crime at higher rates become larger fractions of populations. At the same time, however, the overall aging of populations will tend to lower crime rates as older folks commit fewer crimes. Though as criminals there is also a shift away from murder, rape, and other violent crimes toward fraud and other non-violent crimes as criminals age. Also, reliance on aging to lower the crime rate is not a terribly smart strategy as the aging cirminals tend not to be high-skilled hard-working model citizens and good parents.

That any government should want to pursue an immigration policy that inflicts more crime upon its existing populace demonstrates that there are still major flaws in the mechanisms by which voting populaces exercise control over their governments..

By Randall Parker    2004 July 20 11:01 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (6)
2004 July 19 Monday
Heather Mac Donald: The Immigrant Gang Plague

Heather Mac Donald's latest article on immigration paints an even bleaker picture of current immigration trends than Heather's last article on the subject.

Upward mobility to the suburbs doesn’t necessarily break the allure of gang culture. An immigration agent reports that in the middle-class suburbs of southwest Miami, second- and third-generation Hispanic youths are perpetrating home invasions, robberies, battery, drug sales, and rape. Kevin Ruiz knows students at the University of California, Irvine who retain their gang connections. Prosecutors in formerly crime-free Ventura County, California, sought an injunction this May against the Colonia Chiques gang after homicides rocketed up; an affidavit supporting the injunction details how Chiques members terrorize the local hospital whenever one of the gang arrives with a gunshot wound. Federal law enforcement officials in Virginia are tracking with alarm the spread of gang violence from Northern Virginia west into the Shenandoah Valley and south toward Charlottesville, a trend so disturbing that they secured federal funds this May to stanch the mayhem. “This is beyond a regional problem. It is, in fact, a national problem,” said FBI assistant director Michael Mason, head of the bureau’s Washington field office.

Open-borders apologists dismiss the Hispanic crime threat by observing that black crime rates are even higher. True, but irrelevant: the black population is not growing, whereas Hispanic immigration is reaching virtually every part of the country, sometimes radically changing local demographics. With a felony arrest rate up to triple that of whites, Hispanics can dramatically raise community crime levels.

Heather's closing argument is one I fully subscribe to:

Immigration optimists, ever ready to trumpet the benefits of today’s immigration wave, have refused to acknowledge its costs. Foremost among them are skyrocketing gang crime and an expanding underclass. Until the country figures out how to reduce these costs, maintaining the current open-borders regime is folly. We should enforce our immigration laws and select immigrants on skills and likely upward mobility, not success in sneaking across the border.

Her article is quite lengthy. I strongly urge you all to read it in full.

Also see my previous post: Heather Mac Donald On The Illegal Alien Crime Wave.

By Randall Parker    2004 July 19 01:25 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (8)
2004 July 08 Thursday
Texas Has Lowest High School Graduation Rates

Texas is in last place for high school graduation rates.

For the second straight year, Texas has the lowest percentage of high school graduates in the nation, according to a U.S. Census Bureau study released Tuesday.

For Texans over age 25 the rate of having a high school diploma is white 91%, Asian, 89%, black, 83%, and Hispanic 51%. Note that the Houston Chronicle labels whites as "Anglos" even though I'm sure many of the whites in Texas are Saxons, Juts, and maybe even French!

While some of these Hispanics came to the US as adults without high school educations many more were either born here or went to school here after coming to the US legally or illegally.

"Nationally 85 percent of young people under 18 who are Hispanic are born in the U.S.," Montecel said. "The issue of dropouts is an issue of how well schools in the state are able to educate Latino students rather than a question of immigration. It is in our schools. That's where we need to focus."

Notice Montecel's spin: The question not whether Hispanics are willing or able to learn. It is whether the schools have the right abilities needed to teach them.

The article says California ranks 42nd in the nation in graduation rates. California is bifurcating into a high tech highly skilled upper class and a third world lower class. My guess is that this is not a sustainable condition. Higher taxes, crowding, and crime will continue to drive out the white middle class. The resulting loss of tax revenues will lower the quality of services while at the same time leading to higher taxes.

The 51% figure for Hispanics is in line with the 53% figure measured for national high Hispanic school graduation rates. Note that 53% figure is a measure of how many kids from grade school make it through to a high school diploma. So it can not be attributed to the immigration of adults who lack education (though of course if we had high minimal educational standards for immigrants their children would do better in school than the children of most of our current immigrants).

Unfortunately, as Samuel P. Huntington has noted, later generations of Hispanics do not improve their scholastic performance by much.

Update: When I see poor academic performance of some group I think of costs. Aside from higher taxes, crime, and crowding how does the demographic trend caused by immigration create costs? One of the biggest costs that does not get as much attention as it deserves is the rising costs of racial quotas for jobs, college slots, and other opportunities. There is the opportunity cost of jobs that more qualified people will be shut out of. But there is also the cost in inefficiency due to the inability of organizations to fire people in important positions. Plus there is the cost in the increasing divisiveness of American politics as the political parties split over race. That is going to approach levels that Americans today can scarcely imagine.

By Randall Parker    2004 July 08 02:48 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (12)
Budget Limits Force Release Of Illegal Aliens Charged With Lesser Crimes

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is releasing illegal aliens because of insufficient budget to pay to keep them in jail.

"Currently we are exceeding the level our resources can support nationwide," wrote Victor Cerda, ICE's acting director of detention and removals, in a June 10 memorandum to regional detention officials.

People charged with crimes are being released. Simple assault is not reason enough to hold an illegal alien for deportation. Illegals have to commit aggravated felonies to get deported.

Because certain illegal aliens must be detained by law - including those charged with aggravated felonies - Cerda's directive affects how ICE treats aliens charged with lesser offenses, such as simple assault. These aliens are detained at ICE's discretion; generally, about 15 percent of all aliens in the detention system are "nonmandatory" detainees, according to Anthony Tangeman, a former director of detention and removals at ICE.

On a more optimistic note sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles county wants county workers to take over from ICE workers to more thoroughly screen prisoners to identify illegals for deportation.

Sheriff's officials estimate about a quarter of the 170,000 inmates who cycle through the jail system each year are illegal immigrants. If all those inmates were properly screened, officials estimate they could recommend the deportation of up to 40,000 of them.

"Our best estimate is we are only touching 10-12 percent of that population," Jeffery said.

The 3 federal ICE employees who are currently responsible for this job are missing about 9 out of 10 criminal illegals who ought to be deported. The illegal criminals who are released go out into the public to again rape, rob, murder, and commit all manner of other crimes.

Also see my previous post Heather Mac Donald On The Illegal Alien Crime Wave.

By Randall Parker    2004 July 08 02:03 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (2)
2004 June 21 Monday
Roger Kimball On Samuel Huntington

Writing in The New Criterion Roger Kimball has an interesting discussion of the ideas Samuel P. Huntington in an essay entitled Institutionalizing our demise: America vs. multiculturalism.

The threat shows itself in many ways, from culpable complacency to the corro- sive imperatives of “multiculturalism” and political correctness. (I use scare quotes because what generally travels under the name of “multiculturalism” is really a form of mono-cultural animus directed against the dominant culture.) In essence, as Huntington notes, multiculturalism is “anti-European civilization… . It is basically an anti-Western ideology.” The multiculturalists claim to be fostering a progressive cultural cosmopolitanism distinguished by superior sensitivity to the downtrodden and dispossessed. In fact, they encourage an orgy of self-flagellating liberal guilt as impotent as it is insatiable. The “sensitivity” of the multiculturalist is an index not of moral refinement but of moral vacuousness. As the French essayist Pascal Bruckner observed, “An overblown conscience is an empty conscience.”

Compassion ceases if there is nothing but compassion, and revulsion turns to insensitivity. Our “soft pity,” as Stefan Zweig calls it, is stimulated, because guilt is a convenient substitute for action where action is impossible. Without the power to do anything, sensitivity becomes our main aim, the aim is not so much to do anything, as to be judged. Salvation lies in the verdict that declares us to be wrong.

Multiculturalism is a moral intoxicant; its thrill centers around the emotion of superior virtue; its hangover subsists on a diet of nescience and blighted “good intentions.”

Steve Sailer has made a similar argument (which I'm not doing justice here) that left-liberal elites take a number of positions on questions of public policy and culture in order to appear in their peer group to be morally superior to other whites (notably whites with less education, whites in the Old South, and whites who do less intellectual work). Striking these moral poses is in most cases not motivated chiefly by genuine concern about other ethnic or racial groups. The utility of the poses derives more from being able to appear and feel superior to others. But it is also a means by which to signal one's membership in a smaller group to others of that group. So then many intellectuals are promoting ideas that are causing decay of our civilization simply in order to position themselves at higher points in status hierarchies.

Also see my previous posts Samuel P. Huntington Comes Out Against Immigration From Mexico and Samuel P. Huntington On Nationalism Versus Cosmopolitanism and William H. McNeill On Samuel P. Huntington.

By Randall Parker    2004 June 21 02:43 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (1)
2004 May 26 Wednesday
Illegitimacy Trend Worsened By Hispanic Immigration

Roger Clegg reports on the worsening news about illegitimacy.

According to the latest National Vital Statistics Reports of the federal government, 34 percent of all births in the United States now are to unmarried mothers. Of course, it will surprise no one that nearly all births to girls below 15, and 80 percent of those to girls between 15 and 19, are out-of-wedlock. But even among women between 20 and 24, 52 percent of births are now illegitimate.

Those figures are for all races and ethnicities. As the federal report notes, however, in a decided understatement: “Birth rates for unmarried women vary widely by race and Hispanic origin.” Among African Americans, 68.2 percent of births are illegitimate, versus 23.0 percent for non-Hispanic whites. For American Indians, 59.7 percent of births are illegitimate; for Asians and Pacific Islanders, 14.9 percent; and for Hispanics of all races, 43.5 percent.

Of course, “Asians and Pacific Islanders” and “Hispanics” are artificial categories, and this is reflected in the wide range of illegitimacy rates among their respective subgroups. Thus, only 9.0 and 10.3 percent of Chinese and Japanese births, respectively, are out-of-wedlock, versus 20.0 percent for Filipinos and 50.4 percent for Hawaiians; and the percentage of illegitimate births for Puerto Ricans (59.1) is double that of Cubans (29.8), with Mexicans (42.1) and Central and South Americans (44.8) falling in between.

I will not belabor the obvious point: To indulge in an understatement of my own, those groups with higher illegitimacy rates aren’t doing as well as those with lower illegitimacy rates.

Of course Hispanics are America's most rapidly growing ethnic group. While some of the more Panglossian conservatives try to argue that Hispanics have such strong family values that it is inevitable that the Hispanics will become model Republicans some day (and why is it that Democrats have a bigger reputation for hallucinogen drug use?) the raw social science data argues strongly to the contrary.

While demograph trends in America are bad news for the Rino (Republican In Name Only) Party what is much worse is that the demographic trends in America are bad news for America.

Jack Dunphy (a pseudonym), an LAPD cop, witing about a recent murder of an 11 year old boy who was living with his grandparents on account of his parents being drug addicts, gives the bad news on the trend toward grandparents acting as parents.

As we debate whether a child can have two fathers or two mothers, can we at least agree that a child is harmed when he has no mother and no father? A May 1999 Census Bureau report, Coresident Grandparents and Grandchildren, tells of the sharp rise in the number of children being raised by their grandparents. In 1970 there were 2.2 million children living in homes maintained by grandparents. By 1980 the figure had risen modestly to 2.3 million, or about 3 percent of all children under age 18. In 1997 there were 3.9 million such children, or 5.5 percent of all minors in the country. The report attributes this increase to "the growth in drug use among parents, teen pregnancy, divorce, the rapid rise of single-parent households, mental and physical illness, AIDS, crime, child abuse and neglect, and incarceration of parents." Most police officers, especially those working in the grittier areas of large cities, are well aware of the consequences of these numbers. Even the healthiest grandparent is no match for the typical American teenager

What Dunphy doesn't bring up is that the next generation is going to be even worse. I know of cases where the grandparents have raised their grandkids where the grandkids then went on to have children they were too irresponsible to raise. Well, this is a stop-gap measure. Once the last responsible generation is dead who is going to raise the later generations of messed up kids?

Taxpayers are of course going to pay increasing costs for all of this and society will function less well.

By Randall Parker    2004 May 26 02:36 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (9)
2004 May 13 Thursday
Immigrants Do Not Improve Academically In Later Generations

A recent study done at UCLA is reported in a press release that purports to be relaying good news but which is actually reporting very bad news.

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute researchers find high school graduates from immigrant families succeed in college at similar rates as American-born peers with similar economic and ethnic backgrounds. Students from immigrant families also are more likely to support their families while in school.

In addition, high school graduates from immigrant families with higher incomes and higher levels of parent education achieved the highest success in college. This finding helps to explain lower levels of success seen among Latin American children compared with East Asian children.

Oh what nonsense. Is the higher income level of the parents the cause of higher academic achievement? Where is the evidence for that? The academic success and economic success are obviously both flowing from other factors. Smart Indian and Chinese immigrant engineers are having smart kids. How can anyone seriously doubt that engineers have innately much smarter kids on average than grade school drop-outs? We are supposed to attribute the differences in educational attainment to economic factors? How loony.

Appearing in the summer edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Adolescence, the study is among the first to examine the success of immigrant children in post-secondary education. The William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development funded the research.

"The United States has experienced a tremendous wave of immigration over the past 30 years. The ability of the children of immigrants to find educational success beyond high school is critical to their economic integration into American society," said Dr. Andrew J. Fuligni, the paper's co-author and senior research scientist at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute's Center for Culture and Health.

"Our overall findings are encouraging," he said.

No Dr. Fuligni, your overall findings are highly discouraging. If the first generation of an ethnic group does just as well academically as later generations but that ethnic group's first generation does poorly in school then that is bad news. There is no sign of an improving trend that will make things all work out well in the long run. Here is clear evidence that, contrary to the myth promoted by many neoconservatives and liberals, not all immigration is wonderful. Here is evidence which clearly shows a permanent problem is being created.

"But there are signs that certain segments of the immigrant population, particularly those from Latin America, need more assistance to participate fully in educational and related economic opportunities available in the United States."

Well, duh. That is politically correct way of saying that Hispanic immigrants academically do far worse on average than whites and East Asians. This is spun into a politically correct phrasing that there is a problem here that can be solved with "more assistance". Where is the empirical evidence that some form of assistance exists that would work? The empirical studies of changes in spending per student show little or no beneficial effect. So what variable would the academics recommend we we turn to in order to provide the assistance that will close the achievement gap?

The UCLA report inadvertently confirms the bad news I drew attention to in my previous post Samuel P. Huntington Comes Out Against Immigration From Mexico on Huntington's article in Foreign Policy which includes a table which shows little improvement in education attainment across generations of Mexican immigrants.

Education of Mexican Americans by Generation (1989-90)

First Second Third Fourth All Americans *
No high school degree (%) 69.9 51.5 33.0 41.0 23.5
High school degree (%) 24.7 39.2 58.5 49.4 30.4
Post high school degree (%) 5.4 9.3 8.5 9.6 45.1
* Except Mexican Americans, 1990

This bad news reminds me of the great "States with higher IQ vote Democrat" hoax. In reflecting on this hoax Steve Sailer sees evidence in the NAEP test results that California and the nation as a whole have a dumber future.

The future looks dumberer -- Looking at the NAEP scores for public school 8th graders by state (see below), it struck me that California is going to be, on average, a much dumber state in the future than it is now. I always thought of it as a pretty smart state, what with Silicon Valley, Cal Tech, and aerospace. Even Hollywood attracts a lot of smart cookies. In the past, these smarts were spread pretty broadly through the general populace in California.

But California's 2003 NAEP scores for public schools 8th graders are awful: 44th out of 50 states in Math (behind states like Tennessee and Nevada, a state where the study of probability is the only socially sanctioned intellectual pursuit) and 49th in Reading (well behind Mississippi). If California is the pacesetter state, with its 25 year head start on absorbing immigrants, then the future looks dumber for all of us.

Click through to Steve's link and look down from that post through his earlier posts where he explodes the hoax table underlying the "liberal Democrats have higher IQs" myth which suckered in so many left-liberal blog. The claim made by that table is that the states that voted for Al Gore in 2000 have higher average IQs than the states that voted for George W. Bush. Liberals who deny that IQ matters were ready to stampede to report the news when it looked like Democrats are smarter than Republicans. But since they never actually bother to read the details of the psychometric studies that they denounce their ignorance of the facts made them suckers for an obvious hoax. I mean it was glaring. It put Utah at an IQ of 87. How absurd. Utah has above average 8th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores in spite of spending less per student than all states except North Dakota. North Dakota, which went for Bush, is top of the pops for NAEP 8th grade math scores. So money matters for educational outcomes? Ha. I got a bridge to sell to anyone who believes that. By contrast, Washington DC spends about 3 times as much as Utah and yet manages to score at the bottom of the barrel in NAEP scores.

The way liberals react to fake IQ data that supports their prejudices demonstrates they obviously understand that IQ matters and that it matters a lot. Inconveniently the real evidence about IQs just doesn't support either liberal or neoconservative mythology about an assortment of policy topics such as education, immigration, and nation-building. We ignore the evidence at our peril.

By Randall Parker    2004 May 13 02:01 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (9)
2003 November 07 Friday
Illegal Immigration Comes To Austin Minnesota

George Dahl and Frosty Wooldridge of Austin, Minnesota, population 22,000, describe what a large wave of illegal immigration is doing to a small town in Minnesota.

But ten years ago, something happened in Austin. The meat packing plants began transporting illegal aliens from Texas to work in the plants around Austin. Why? To increase profits. At first, it didn’t mean much because the illegal aliens worked at odd jobs. They didn’t complain because they feared being deported. Their numbers were so small that the regular workers didn’t take notice.

That changed as the years passed. As ten illegals turned into 100 and then into 1000, and now over 3,000, Austin, Minnesota suffers accelerating problems. Once Austin kids skipped to school to learn their ABC’s. Today, they experience several foreign languages they can’t understand. At first, the teachers had the top kids in the class try to teach the ‘new’ kids how to speak English. But as the food processing plants kept importing more workers and more kids, the teachers suffered the onslaught. Today, classroom teachers must deal with languages, head lice, hepatitis and the threat of tuberculosis because illegal aliens and their children bypass health screening at the border. Last year, eight police officers in Austin tested positive for tuberculosis.

George W. Bush doesn't care. The United States Senate so much does not care it is working on a plan to allow illegal aliens pay in-state college tuition and for a half million illegal alien agricultural workers to to be given legal residency. The US Congress' idea of immigration reform is another large scale amnesty.

Speed citizenship for immigrants in the armed forces.

Give work permits to illegal immigrants who pay taxes and study English.

Legalize tens of thousands of high school students, some of whom discover only when applying for college financial aid that their parents brought them here illegally.

Replete with an Orwellian title, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2003 is a nightmare for the larger public. But it is seen by sponsor Orrin Hatch and other Senate Republicans as a way to bid for the Hispanic vote while simultaneously catering to business constituencies that want ever cheaper labor without the inconvenience of having to relocate to India. That the act does not serve the interests of the public is really irrelevant in the minds of many Senators as the Republican politicians expect their voters to stick with them given that the other choice is the Democrats who are even more pro-unskilled immigration. The Democrats correctly understand that the less skilled and lower wage Hispanic voters are going to reliably continue to vote overwhelmingly for the Donkey for many decades to come. The Republicans are deluding themselves while shafting a substantial portion of their base and the larger public.

The liberal press coverage of the Nightmare Act is of course overwhelmingly positive as demonstrated above. It is full of sob stories of people who will be benefitted if they can become legal because then they can pay less for college (since the taxpayers will pay more), get access to government subsidies for housing (courtesy of the taxpayers), and get more access to medical care and other social services (again, guess who pays).

Racial lobbyist organization National Council of La Raza (La Raza means "The Race") president Raul Yzaguirre thinks this is not a partisan piece of legislation.

''Passage of the Dream Act is not a partisan issue and should be a priority for Congress,'' said Raul Yzaguirre, president of the National Council of La Raza, one of the many groups lobbying in support of the bill. ``It unleashes the vast potential of thousands of young students.''

Who is he kidding? Or, wait, maybe he is right. If both the Democratic and Republican Parties are willing to betray the American public then betrayal is not a partisan issue.

Providing support for US Senate efforts to shaft the American public Mexican President Vicente Fox and other officials of the Mexican government put in a lot of time lobbying in the United States.

MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Vicente Fox begins a three-day tour of U.S. border states Tuesday in a visit he said Monday he hoped would encourage discussion of immigration issues

Fox claims that his Mexican workers are incredibly valuable. If that is the case then why can't his economy find higher paying jobs for them to do? Why is he so eager to ship them up here? It saves him money. His workers send some money back to the US and they use US government services instead of Mexican government services. When someone tries really hard to tell you something is beneficial for you that ought to be a warning sign that it isn't.

Update: Here's another example of press bias on illegal immigration.

Under federal law, all public colleges and universities, including community colleges, must charge immigrants who are not legal residents the higher out-of-state tuition rate.

At Miami Dade College, that means students must pay $197.50 per credit compared to the $56.50 rate for in-state students. College officials say there are about 264 undocumented students paying the higher tuition.

Note the Orwellian terminology. Undocumented? What if we documented the fact that each illegal is not supposed to be here? Would they still be undocumented? Some of the "undocumented" illegal aliens have driver's licenses that they have obtained illegally. Of course, in California illegals can now get driver's licenses. So they have identity documents that establish who they are. Or what about illegals who have passports from their countries of origin, how are they "undocumented"? After all, they have documents that demonstrate their identity. It is just that their presence in the United States is illegal. The liberal press and politicians have shifted en masse to calling illegals undocumented.

US Republican Senators want to stick us with higher cost government.

"The National Research Council study in 1997 concluded that each native household in California was paying $1,178 a year in state and local taxes to cover services used by immigrant (legal and illegal) households," writes Fred Dickey in an exposé for the Los Angeles Times.

"Once transfer payments like welfare, education and health care are factored in, immigration becomes a net cost," confirms Ed Rubenstein, a public-policy statistician and president of ESR Research Economic Consultants. "California immigrants now receive about $9.3 billion more in state expenditures than they pay in state taxes. ...

The Republican Party's leader are willing to force the rest of us to pay more in taxes, lower wages, crime, crowding, higher housing prices, and pollution as long as they can pursue the Hispanic vote.

By Randall Parker    2003 November 07 08:58 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (16)
2003 November 04 Tuesday
Richard Lamm On Harmful Immigration

Former 3 term Democratic Party governor of Colorado Richard Lamm lists some harmful effects of current American immigration policy.

4. We are told that illegal immigration is "cheap labor," but it is not "cheap labor," it is subsidized labor. The National Academy of Sciences has found that there is a significant fiscal drain on U.S. taxpayers for each adult immigrant without a high school education. Illegal immigration is something that benefits a few employers, but the rest of us subsidize that labor through the school system, the health-care system, the courts and in other ways that this form of labor imposes. With school spending of more than $7,000 per student per year, even a small family costs far more than a low-wage family pays in taxes.

5. America is increasingly becoming, day by day, a bilingual country, yet there is not a bilingual country in the world that lives in peace with itself. No nation should blindly allow itself to become a bilingual-bicultural country. If it does, it invites generations of conflict, tension and antagonism. America has historically demanded that its immigrants be self-supporting and English-speaking to join our polity. We vary from that rule that made us "one nation, indivisible" at great risk to America's future. Today, when over 40 percent of today's massive wave of immigrants is from Spanish-speaking nations, people can move to America and keep their language, their culture and their old loyalties. If the melting pot doesn't melt, immigrants become "foreigners" living in America rather than assimilated Americans.

My local cable TV service is now up to 5 Spanish language channels. A local AM channel that has been a news channel for many decades just changed to Spanish language.

If the poor scholastic achievement of the Mexican immigrants did not persist across generations the long term effects of this huge wave of immigration would not be so bad. But as Lamm points out, it does. Low scoring Mexicans are now getting almost as much in the form of racial quota preferences for jobs and university slots as blacks get. A highly developed first world economy does not need and can not afford the many costs of masses of poorly educated people. America's leaders are betraying their people by ignoring the wishes of the people that current high levels of immigration be reduced.

By Randall Parker    2003 November 04 11:19 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (34)
2003 May 18 Sunday
British Constable Says Mass Migration Feeding British Crime Wave

Chris Fox, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers and chief constable of Northamptonshire England says mass immigration into Britain is causing a crime wave.

Claiming the numbers of asylum seekers coming to Britain had reached 'tidal wave' proportions, Fox said: 'Mass migration has brought with it a whole new range and a whole new type of crime, from the Nigerian fraudster, to the eastern European who deals in drugs and prostitution to the Jamaican concentration on drug dealing.'

'Add to that the home grown criminals and we have a whole different family of people who are competing to be in the organised crime world,' he said in an interview with The Observer ahead of Acpo's annual conference this week.

While the majority of Americans oppose the current high level of immigration most elected office holders are unwilling to do anything to slow it. However, in Britain the pressure to reduce immigration appears to get more favorable media coverage and the pressure on the government to reduce it is great enough that Tony Blair has vowed to cut the number of new asylum seekers in half.

Update: The Muslim asylum seekers especially matter because many Muslims have divided loyalties. Christopher Caldwell says that British Muslims Mohammad Hanif and Omar Khan Sharif who carried out suicide bombings in Israel are not seen in Britain as reflections of British society. In Britain they are seen as South Asian ethnics and as Muslims and therefore not seen as real Britons. It is worth noting that they probably did not see themselves as British either and attached greater importance to their identity as Muslims. Yet people who think like them are a growing segment of the British population.

With British nationals taking up arms against their own country, those radicals who stay in Britain and cheer them on look more alarming. Friends of Mr Sharif have told reporters that they would like to follow in his footsteps. Hassan Butt, who boasted about recruiting for the Taliban during the Anglo-American war in Afghanistan after September 11 2001, says he is organising dozens of British suicide bombers.

It would not be a big mental leap for these people to start doing suicide bombings in Britain.

By Randall Parker    2003 May 18 09:46 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (0)
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