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    The stream of illegal immigrants into the United States has not slowed down. In fact, it is producing more and better-educated workers in more states than ever.

    A report released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center of Washington, D.C., examines the education, income and family makeup of the 10.3million "unauthorized migrants" living in America.

    About 400,000, or 4 percent, live in Illinois.

    For about a decade, illegal immigrants have outpaced legal immigrants - about 700,000 illegal immigrants have come in annually in recent years compared with 610,000 legal immigrants - but they now spread more widely across the nation.

    Whereas California 15 years ago claimed 45 percent of the illegal population, it now has only 24 percent. The rest are mostly concentrated, in order, in Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and North Carolina.

    The immigrant pool now tends to be better-educated, according to the study. Just 10 percent of illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States for more than 10 years have a college degree, compared with 19 percent of those who immigrated in the past decade.

    Overall, illegal immigrants are more poorly educated than their American peers. About 49 percent don't graduate high school, compared with 11 percent of the U.S.-born. Forty-eight percent of illegal immigrants go to college, compared with 70 percent of natives.

    The study also points out that a higher rate of illegal immigrant men work than U.S.-born men: 92 percent versus 83 percent. Fewer illegal immigrant women, however, work than their U.S.-born counterparts. There are about 6.3 million unauthorized workers, about 4.3 percent of the total labor force.

    And jobs taken by illegal immigrants are more diverse than often thought, the study says. About 23 percent work in management, business, sales or administrative support positions, compared with about half of the native-born population.

    The report also pointed out that about 31 percent of families with illegal immigrants as head of the household have children who are U.S. citizens.

    Advocates on both sides of the immigration debate say the report bolsters their arguments.

    According to Fred Tsao, policy director for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the report is evidence of the strong contributions illegal immigrants make in all sectors of society and highlights the need for changes in immigration policy so people who want to enter the country to work can do so legally.

    "We would certainly argue that this study only furthers the cause," Tsao said.

    The coalition supports a bill in Congress that incorporates President Bush's guest worker program and adds legalization processes for illegal immigrants.

    Tsao pointed to the high school graduation numbers, which are improving with more recent immigrants, and said it was evidence of an improved outlook for the population and indicative of the reason many people come to the United States in the first place: opportunity.

    "Certainly education is a very strong value among immigrant families," Tsao said. "They come to the U.S. not just for themselves but for their families."

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    The stream of illegal immigrants into the United States has not slowed down. In fact, it is producing more and better-educated workers in more states than ever.

    A report released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center of Washington, D.C., examines the education, income and family makeup of the 10.3million "unauthorized migrants" living in America.

    About 400,000, or 4 percent, live in Illinois.

    For about a decade, illegal immigrants have outpaced legal immigrants - about 700,000 illegal immigrants have come in annually in recent years compared with 610,000 legal immigrants - but they now spread more widely across the nation.

    Whereas California 15 years ago claimed 45 percent of the illegal population, it now has only 24 percent. The rest are mostly concentrated, in order, in Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and North Carolina.

    The immigrant pool now tends to be better-educated, according to the study. Just 10 percent of illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States for more than 10 years have a college degree, compared with 19 percent of those who immigrated in the past decade.

    Overall, illegal immigrants are more poorly educated than their American peers. About 49 percent don't graduate high school, compared with 11 percent of the U.S.-born. Forty-eight percent of illegal immigrants go to college, compared with 70 percent of natives.

    The study also points out that a higher rate of illegal immigrant men work than U.S.-born men: 92 percent versus 83 percent. Fewer illegal immigrant women, however, work than their U.S.-born counterparts. There are about 6.3 million unauthorized workers, about 4.3 percent of the total labor force.

    And jobs taken by illegal immigrants are more diverse than often thought, the study says. About 23 percent work in management, business, sales or administrative support positions, compared with about half of the native-born population.

    The report also pointed out that about 31 percent of families with illegal immigrants as head of the household have children who are U.S. citizens.

    Advocates on both sides of the immigration debate say the report bolsters their arguments.

    According to Fred Tsao, policy director for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the report is evidence of the strong contributions illegal immigrants make in all sectors of society and highlights the need for changes in immigration policy so people who want to enter the country to work can do so legally.

    "We would certainly argue that this study only furthers the cause," Tsao said.

    The coalition supports a bill in Congress that incorporates President Bush's guest worker program and adds legalization processes for illegal immigrants.

    Tsao pointed to the high school graduation numbers, which are improving with more recent immigrants, and said it was evidence of an improved outlook for the population and indicative of the reason many people come to the United States in the first place: opportunity.

    "Certainly education is a very strong value among immigrant families," Tsao said. "They come to the U.S. not just for themselves but for their families."

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    • #3
      This only confirms that most illegals are here not to get anything free from nobody and are here to contribute and to advance in life, for their family.

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      • #4
        The stream of illegal immigrants into the United States has not slowed down. In fact, it is producing more and better-educated workers in more states than ever.
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        The stream of illegal immigrants into the United States has not slowed down. In fact, it is producing more and better-educated workers in more states than ever.

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        • #5
          If illegals are so well educated, what is it about breaking or respecting laws that they don't seem to understand? Sounds like they are just dirtbags with a degree.

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          • #6
            not dirtbags but pioneers, adventurers !

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            • #7
              "A Texas grand jury indicted Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates on charges of conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme..." (From MSNBC).

              Seems like people from all backgrounds and nationalities break the law.

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              • #8
                The law is like a steerwheel, where they turn it, there it will go.

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                • #9
                  And the only fair thing to do is to give Mr. DeLay, and any other individual facing charges, the benefit of the doubt in the absense of a conviction.

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                  • #10
                    The stream of illegal immigrants into the United States has not slowed down. In fact, it is producing more and better-educated workers in more states than ever.

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                    • #11
                      UP

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                      • #12
                        Illegal = DIRTBAG !

                        Who but an idiot would put an equation mark between the "illegal" and the "educated"?!!!

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                        • #13
                          So, the uneducated illegal aliens were "doing work Americans won't do" and now more educated ones are doing work that Americans (and legal immigrants) will do? Really bright, NYC001. Make us even more sure that Congress wants to replace the electorate with more amenable workers/voters.

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                          • #14
                            Senate should replace stupid Americans with Educated illegal aliens.

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                            • #15
                              Smart Americans should replace stupid Senators with illegal aliens, just to see how THEY'd like to have their job done more cheaply.

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