Mexican-American Birth Rate Drives U.S. Latino Population Higher

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The Latino population has risen significantly in the United States in the past decade, but not  just because of immigration. 

Actually, a higher birth rate among Hispanic women is now the dominant factor in the rise, according to a new study.

The driving force for this surge: Mexican-American babies. This, according to research recently published by the non-partisan Pew Hispanic Center.

One reason why the Mexican-American birth rate surpassed that group's immigration rate is that in the past decade immigration, legal and illegal, from Mexico into the U.S. has declined.

For example, between 2000-2010, 4.2 million Mexican immigrants came to the U.S. During the same period, 7.2 million Mexican-American babies were born. 

But in the decade before, there were 4.7 million new Mexican-American immigrants and the same number of babies born.

The main factor in the increasing birth rate, as the study points out, is that Mexican-American women are much younger than women in any other minority group in the U.S. The median age for Mexican-American women is 25, a healthy-childbearing age. 

Jeff Passel, a senior demographer with the Center, says the statistics are not surprising.

"This study gave us an opportunity to look at the past decade as a whole," Passel explains. "But it is surprising to a lot of people because the general perception is that [legal and illegal] immigration is driving the growth in this population."

Meanwhile in Mexico, the birth rate is declining. On average, in 1960, a Mexican woman in her country had seven children, but in 2009 the average was two.

James Garcia, communications director of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, explains that the Mexican birth rate could eventually have major implications for the U.S.

Garcia points out that the U.S. depends on foreign labor, particularly from Mexican immigrants, and if Mexican women are not having as many babies, America might have to look elsewhere for foreign labor.

"Central America will be a source of labor," Garcia says. "[But] it's hard to predict, because we'll have to see what situations those economies are in." 

The boom in the Latino population will eventually turn into political clout, states Garcia, assuming that the Hispanic community starts heading to the polls.

"It depends on our community's leadership [and its ability to get Latinos to vote]," Garcia observes.

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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

alehound
alehound

I am drafting  a bill to allow for abortions for mexicans. I will make it retroactive 0.o

Jason
Jason

This really has no bearing on me.

I really don't care about the useless criminal illegals and their useless anchor babies.

RGIROB
RGIROB

I WONDER WHERE´S BOBBY´S INFINITE WISDOM ON THE SUBJECT...PLASE BOBBY ILLUMINATE US WITH YOUR SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE AND ACCURATE COMMENTS...(OF COURSE I´M BEING SARCASTIC)

Stacy
Stacy

This is why they want to introduce bills that target the 14th Amendment.. they think it's like a water faucet that they can just shut off... but per the pew report; it's the babies of Mexican-Americans that drive the growth.. not by migration or migrants' babies.

Matthew
Matthew

The simplistic thinking on immigration is amazing. The implication that 'hispanics' are a fully unified singular social force with one collective will that will find expression at some point is beneath the logic of a 12 year old. It is just self-serving rhetoric from self-appointed hispanic 'leaders'. Politics and culture are far more complex and dynamic than that. The longer 'hispanics' are in the u.s. and the more they engage the larger society for better jobs more education and even political influence they are necessarily changed by the experience and at some point are no longer 'hispanic' in any sociologically meaningful sense. "hispanic' immigrants will be changed by their lives in the u.s. much more than the u.s. will be changed by their presence in the u.s. It's a old story and a very complex one. The suggestions that 'this time is different' or that we can know who will do and think what in the future are just lazy, uniformed, ahistorical thinking that add nothing to our understandings of immigration.

Guest
Guest

When the little beaners grow up and see the competition for the welfare dollar, they will want to secure the borders.  It's too late; we've been flushed down the third world toilet by the overpopulating latinos.

Guest
Guest

They will always be known as thieving, overpopulating, sneaks riding our backs while our government looks the other way.

Ferdinand
Ferdinand

This seems to be a La Raza type blog.

Bobby
Bobby

Sorry, bro, I'm leaving you on your own.

richardgrabman
richardgrabman

I've been thinking along the same lines.  What evidence is there that any ethnic minority, a generation or two in (by which point the minority is part of the mainstream) is going to have the same goals and agendas as their grandparents?  Those artificial categories used in the U.S. — "Latino" and "Hispanic" — don't necessarily reflect a commonality now, and while in states like yours, where those terms generally mean persons of specifically Mexican descent, Mexicans themselves are a pretty mixed lot.... the only common denominator among Mexican immigrants to the United States being, they emigrated to the United States. 

Think of the history of bigotry in the United States.  A generation or two back, would your right-wing Zonies have supported a Sheriff with an Italian name?  What makes you think "Hispanics" are going to be any more or less likely to form a monolithic voting bloc?

Mistalee
Mistalee

We've been flushed down the third world toilet by sandbillies like you. Generally the offspring of siblings, you zonie cracker idiots have been proliferating like a biblical plague of Jukes and Kallikaks, having baby after baby because you can't  resist the temptation to make blow-up balloons out of your trojans instead of stretching them on your wee fellas.

I'm just impressed that you can still keyboard with those six, webbed fingers.

gregg
gregg

sick of pics must be sick ohf himself. this article is not about immigration or any other thing but population. but a racial pig like you is changing it all. The faster we get rid of these fucking asshole the better. That what there parents get for anal sex, crap like this comes out.

concerned
concerned

Just like the government has looked the other from people like you!! Bigots like you create chaos amongst americans..What are you? Trailer park trash? Do you know that white people are the ones that are most addicted to Meth? I wouldn't doubt that have of your kind are addicted to that drugs that causes most of the crimes in AZ..

YOu freaking bigot. I am tired of people like you too asswipe!!!!!!!!

Account_Permanently_Deleted
Account_Permanently_Deleted

"...riding our backs while our government looks the other way."

Was that your back(side) I was riding? I was aiming for your sister. If you had paid your electricity bill, this error would not have occurred. 

Was that the government looking the other way? I thought it was your parents looking away in shame as I rode your back. No parents ever wants to see their kids having sex, well except for the  Zona sandbillies.

James O Donnell
James O Donnell

Yeah, what chance would someone with a Jewish name like Goldwater have had back in those days, running for office in bigoted old right-wing Arizona?

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