What we can expect from the next 100 million Americans
Sometime next Tuesday, the U.S. population will surpass 300 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The growing population, fueled largely by immigrants and their children, has implications for the economy and the social and political climate. Immigrants, legal and illegal, account for about 40 percent of population growth.
The public is quite conflicted on the impact of immigration and many hold positive and negative attitudes about legal immigration simultaneously. Six in 10 Americans say immigration is a good thing for the U.S., and half of Americans say immigrants contribute to the country rather than cause problems.
Yet, half of the public says there are too many immigrants in the U.S. Four in 10 Americans say
immigrants improve food, music and the arts in the U.S., but many Americans believe immigrants negatively affect the economy, taxes and crime. People are also divided on whether immigrants become productive citizens or if they cost taxpayers too much by using government services.
But what do immigrants think about life in the United States? Public Agenda, a nonpartisan opinion research organization, surveyed immigrants in its Now That I'm Here study. According to Public Agenda, the study revealed an overwhelming majority committed to working hard and staying off government assistance. Almost nine in 10 say it's extremely important for immigrants to learn English and their views on bilingual education are similar to
the general public.
But six in 10 say there is at least some anti-immigrant discrimination in the U.S. Three in 10 say they have personally experienced discrimination.
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Related: Christian Science Monitor
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