The National Council of La Raza (“The Race”), a pro-Amnesty, pro-open borders Hispanic advocacy group, has released a study that illustrates the folly of U.S. immigration policy, while painting a grim picture of America’s future should immigration from Central and South America not be curtailed.
The study, titled “America’s Future: Latino Child Well-Being in Numbers and Trends” (produced in partnership with the Population Reference Bureau) details the profound difficulties Latinos face in assimilating into American culture, and portrays the rather sorry prospects for those Hispanics who have managed to enter and remain in our country.
According to the study, the majority of Latino children “live in poor and low-income families”, they “are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system”, and “only 55% graduate from high school with a regular diploma”. The study finds that “Foreign-born Hispanic youth have higher poverty rates, are less likely to speak English well, have higher dropout rates, and are more likely to become teen parents, compared with second- or third-generation Latino youth”. Lest one be tempted to assume time heals these particular wounds, the study goes on to find that “third-generation Latino children fare much worse on certain indicators (health problems, living in single-parent families) compared with first- and second-generation Latino youth”. The correlation between academic and economic achievement and a stable home being what it is, it is disconcerting to read that the “proportion of Latino youth in single-parent families is higher than the U.S. average and is increasing”.
From the perspective of an American citizen, this study is a persuasive argument against unchecked immigration, and for strict border control. La Raza, though, has a different outlook, and a different agenda. The National Council of La Raza’s primary loyalty is not to the United States, but (unsurprisingly) to La Raza – to “The Race” (meaning the Spanish speaking peoples native to Central and South America), and their primary concern is advancing The Race’s interests. According to the study, the sorry state of Hispanic America is not due to any incompatibility between Latino and Euro-American cultures, nor to any genetic differences between ethnic groups, but rather is due to non-citizen Latinos facing “barriers to services”. It is for this reason that NCLR advocates for amnesty: citizenship, the study implies, is a means rather than an end – and the end is access to the vast bounty of federal programs funded by the American taxpayer. Citizenship, the study teaches us, “provides … access to services provided through the federal government… and protection from being deported” (not exactly Thomas Jefferson, is it). Lack of citizenship, we read, hinders the “ability to access important benefits to which (immigrants) are entitled [emphasis added - SLT], including education and health services”.
Unfortunately, according to the study, citizenship – and the “access” to “services” that La Raza contends is the object of citizenship – will not be enough. In keeping with the rest of La Raza’s leftist agenda, their remedy for what ails Hispanic America can be summed up in two words: government action. For low test scores, the study recommends “high-quality early education programs, such as Early Head Start.” For high obesity rates, the study recommends “effective child nutrition and exercise policies and programs”. NCLR (which has recieved over $8 million in federal education grants) has lobbied in favor of “the No Child Left Behind Act, the DREAM Act, and funding for key federal education programs” among countless other Big Government boondoggles.
As silly as La Raza’s remedies are, the problems the study illustrates are tremendous and daunting. What’s more, they are the direct result of our failed open-borders immigration policy. There is no legitimate solution that does not have as its first and primary goal an end to illegal immigration. If La Raza were sincerely interested in assimilating the Hispanic population into the American mainstream – as opposed to subsuming that mainstream beneath a tidal wave of Hispanic immigrants, legal and otherwise – then La Raza would join us in demanding an immigration moratorium at least until we manage to assimilate those cultural aliens already here.