Posts Tagged ‘illegal immigrant’

After Alabama law, Hispanic kids being bullied

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

(CBS News) It was just another schoolyard basketball game until a group of Hispanic seventh-graders defeated a group of boys from Alabama.

The reaction was immediate, according to the Mexican mother of one of the winners, and rooted in the state's new law on illegal immigration.

"They told them, `You shouldn't be winning. You should go back to Mexico,"' said the woman, who spoke through a translator last week and didn't want her name used. She and her son are in the country illegally.

Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigration took effect last month. Many blame the name-calling on fallout from the law, which has been widely covered in the news, discussed in some classrooms and debated around dinner tables.

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How much did illegal immigrants contribute to Texas’ economic boom?

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

(Washington Post) A fast-growing population was key to Texas’ record job growth, fueling a demand for construction and services while the rest of the country languished. How much did illegal immigration contribute to the state's growth?

Relying significantly on lower-wage jobs to fuel growth, Texas has drawn from a large, relatively cheap labor pool that’s included large numbers of legal and illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants have taken jobs in many of the industries central to Texas’ economic boom, such as home construction, agriculture and the service industry. Illegal and legal immigrants make up about 20 percent of the state’s total workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And the Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 8 percent of Texas’ total workforce was made up of illegal immigrants as of 2008.

“It’s a big part of our economy across the board, overwhelmingly in low-skilled, hard work,” says Charles Foster, a Houston-based immigration attorney and board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, a business development group. “It impacts Texas more than almost any other state.” The state’s heavy reliance on immigrant labor may not have dragged wages down to rock bottom either: As Matthias Shapiro notes, the state’s median hourly wage is $15.14, ranking 28th of 51 in the nation, and it’s been increasing at the sixth-highest rate since the recession.

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New poll looks at #teaparty views toward #minorities

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

(Seattle Times) A new University of Washington poll suggests tea party supporters are not just angry about government spending and the new national health care law.

“The data tells us this opposition and frustration with government is going hand in hand with a frustration and opposition to racial and ethnic minorities and gays and lesbians,” said Matt Barreto, a political science professor and director of UW’s Washington Poll.

The poll, released on Tuesday, surveyed 1,695 voters in May by phone and has a 2.3 percent margin of error. It found that 35 percent of the voters surveyed “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the tea party movement, 37 percent dissaprove and 28 percent had no opinion or had not heard of the tea party.

The survey asked several questions related to race, immigration and gay rights.

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