Immigration Slows, Lowers Proportion of Latin Americans in US

September 21, 2012

Fox News Latino, 9/21/12

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a  decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according  to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The calculations show that last year in the United States the number of  foreign-born residents totaled 40.4 million, equivalent to 13 percent of the  total population.

But the increase of 400,000 immigrants was the smallest number in a decade  and the proportion of Latin Americans within that group fell from 54 percent of  immigrants in 2010 to 52.6 percent last year, at the same time that the  proportion of immigrants from Asia and Africa rose.

A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that the largest immigration  flow in history from a single country – Mexico – to the United States has ended  and the flow of Mexicans may well have reversed.

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Mexico’s 1930 census revealed, a mine of data for 32 million Americans

September 24, 2011

CNN, 9/24/11

Actor Edward James Olmos wishes he could trace his family’s Mexican history back 100,000 years, but he’ll have to settle for 1930 for now. In what one online genealogy firm say is an extraordinary trove of data for American families of Latino descent, the complete 1930 Mexican census is being distributed publicly for the first time. It’s considered a rich mine of information because that year’s census is Mexico’s earliest, most accurate accounting of its population, with 90% of its people counted, according to the firm Ancestry.com.

That sort of family lore — compiled just after Mexico recovered from its tumultuous, bloody Revolution of 1910-20 — not only piques the interest of prominent Latinos such as Olmos but also stands to sate the curiosity of 31.9 million U.S. Hispanics of Mexican descent. America’s own 2010 census just elevated Latinos to the No. 2 group for the first time. The 1930 Mexican census is so antique that it consists of nearly 13 million hard-copy pages, with rows and columns filled out by hand in florid penmanship.

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Recession Study Finds Hispanics Hit the Hardest

July 26, 2011

New York Times, 7/26/11

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Hispanic families accounted for the largest single decline in wealth of any ethnic and racial group in the country during the recession, according to a study published Tuesday by the Pew Foundation.

The study, which used data collected by the Census Bureau, found that the median wealth of Hispanic households fell by 66 percent from 2005 to 2009. By contrast, the median wealth of whites fell by just 16 percent over the same period. African Americans saw their wealth drop by 53 percent. Asians also saw a big decline, with household wealth dropping 54 percent.

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The Real Census Story: A Hispanic Voter Boom

December 21, 2010

Photo by Marcin Wichary

The Atlantic Monthly, 12/21/2010

We now know which states will lose and gain representation next year, but the real Census-politics story won’t be written for a few months, when we find out how many Hispanic voters the country has gained.

The answer will affect more than just House seats: It could put typically red Sun Belt states in the blue column for presidential elections to come.

Census officials have been predicting a sharp rise in the Hispanic population, based on the 2000 population numbers, for the past few years. They’ll release the 2010 race/origin breakdowns in February or March, confirming or denying their yearly best guesses.

Republicans should be happy about reapportionment, at first glance.

The big story is that Texas, a bright red state, which gained four House seats and Electoral College votes, while Rust Belt states and Democratic strongholds lost them. Ohio and New York each lost two; Michigan and Pennsylvania each lost one.

The national population shifts, however, bear the clear marks of a Hispanic population boom, meaning the political ramifications are more complicated than a simple net-plus for the GOP. Including Texas, the states to gain population are, by and large, states with already high and growing Hispanic segments: Florida, Arizona, and Nevada.

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Immigrants Make Paths to Suburbia, Not Cities

December 14, 2010

The New York Times, 12/14/2010

Immigrants fanned out across the United States in the last decade, settling in greater numbers in small towns and suburbs rather than in the cities where they typically moved when they first came to this country, new census data show.

Following jobs to rural and suburban areas, in industries like construction and the food business, immigrant populations rose more than 60 percent in places where immigrants made up fewer than 5 percent of the population in 2000. In areas that had been home to the most immigrants, the foreign-born population was flat over that period.

In Los Angeles County, long a major destination for new immigrants, the foreign-born population remained largely unchanged for the first time in several decades. In contrast, it quadrupled in Newton County, in central Georgia outside Atlanta.

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Mexico grows, with migrants’ numbers falling

November 25, 2010

Washington Post, 11/25/2010

Mexico’s census shows the population has grown more quickly than expected, in part due to a drop in the number of people leaving to seek work.

Preliminary data released Thursday by the National Institute for Statistics and Geography says Mexico had 112.3 million inhabitants as of July. That was 3.6 million more than experts had projected.

The head of the institute, Eduardo Sojo, says the bigger-than-expected increase was likely due to a rise in births and a fall in migrants leaving the country.

Sojo says Mexico had been losing about 500,000 people a year to international migration but that number has likely fallen by about half. The global economic crisis, particularly the U.S. slump, has cut into the jobs available for migrants.

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Some Latinos, angry at Obama and Congress, threatening to boycott census

July 14, 2009

Photo by Flickr user newlow

Photo by Flickr user newlow

The Los Angeles Times, 7/14/2009

The Senate this week confirmed Robert Groves, a former census official and sociology professor at the University of Michigan, to run the Census Bureau. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke pronounced him ”a respected social scientist who will run the Census Bureau with integrity and independence.”

The appointment will hardly still controversy over the 2010 census.

To guarantee the most accurate count of the 300 million or so Americans, federal officials promise confidentiality. But now a group of Latino clergymen is charging that widely published census data is being used to crack down on illegal immigrants. And they’re calling on people in the country illegally not to answer the census.

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