Immigration, Issues

‘Anchor babies’ have severe economic, cultural impact on U.S.

Photo: Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain)

Photo: Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain)

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics, mothers residing illegally in the United States gave birth to 275,000 so-called “anchor babies” in 2014, accounting for 7 percent of all U.S. births and 32 percent of all foreign-born mothers that year.

That is actually a decline in the number of illegal alien births — but the economic impact of these children remains significant:

Last year, in an analysis of 2009 census data, National Review reported that 71 percent of illegal-alien-headed households with children received some sort of welfare, compared with 39 percent of native-headed households. Furthermore, children of illegals are granted access to public schools, which can cost approximately $160,000 per pupil for a K-12 public school education, based on an average yearly cost of $12,300 per student.

These 275,000 children are also granted access to healthcare. Under ObamaCare, these families are eligible for costly subsidies paid for by taxpayers who, in many cases, are not eligible for the same subsidies and therefore are faced with either exorbitant healthcare costs for their own families or stiff fines for opting out of health insurance.

Furthermore, the data also reveal that foreign-born mothers live in families that make less money than U.S.-born counterparts. Pew Research writes, “While median family income for new U.S-born moms is about $51,200 annually, this figure is $41,300 for new foreign-born moms. And while about 26% of new U.S.-born mothers live in poverty, this share rises to 31% for foreign-born new mothers.”

Additionally, according to the report, the increasing U.S. birthrate “has been driven entirely by the increasing numbers of babies born to immigrant women.” And according to International Business Times, non-whites will be the majority among children by 2023.

If these children and their families cannot assimilate into U.S. culture, it could have a troubling impact on the American way of life. However, as Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow at the Kathryn and Shelby Collom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, writes, progressivism has turned assimilation into a dirty word:

Patriotic assimilation is the bond that allows America to be a nation of immigrants. Without it, America either ceases to be a nation, becoming instead a hodgepodge of groups — or it becomes a nation that can no longer welcome immigrants. It cannot be both a unified nation and a place that welcomes immigrants without patriotic assimilation.

Over the past few decades, however, America has drifted away from assimilating immigrants. Elites — in the government, the culture, and the academy — have led a push toward multiculturalism, which emphasizes group differences. This transformation has taken place with little input from rank-and-file Americans, who overwhelmingly support assimilation. As Ronald Reagan worried just as it was first getting underway, this tectonic shift that “divides us into minority groups” was initiated by political opportunists “to create voting blocs.”

Immigrants must assimilate. If not, American sovereignty will disappear.

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