3163 Family values--illegal immigrant versionApparently, another myth we've been fed by the current desire to bring more "guest workers" into this country to take jobs Americans don't want (like construction, plumbing, roofing, etc.) is that they have stronger, more stable families. Not so, says this article at City Journal.
"Unless the life chances of children raised by single mothers suddenly improve, the explosive growth of the U.S. Hispanic population over the next couple of decades does not bode well for American social stability. Hispanic immigrants bring near–Third World levels of fertility to America, coupled with what were once thought to be First World levels of illegitimacy. (In fact, family breakdown is higher in many Hispanic countries than here.) Nearly half of the children born to Hispanic mothers in the U.S. are born out of wedlock, a proportion that has been increasing rapidly with no signs of slowing down. Given what psychologists and sociologists now know about the much higher likelihood of social pathology among those who grow up in single-mother households, the Hispanic baby boom is certain to produce more juvenile delinquents, more school failure, more welfare use, and more teen pregnancy in the future."
Even if you believe all the repetitive, ubiquitous filler stories we read in our liberal press about how unfair the U.S. economic system is and how the gap is widening between the rich and poor, how would you expect the gap to ever close if we constantly import victims for the media, the Democrats and the unions to exploit? Punishing the successful and destroying Wal-Mart and McDonalds business plans and efficiency will not help the poor, native or imported, even if it does knock down a few of the wealthy CEOs. Don't ask an increased minimum wage floor to make up for an unmarried mother or no high school diploma or poor English. There are some things even $10.00/hour can't do!