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New Immigrants At Home in the United States

September 23, 2015
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A citizenship ceremony in Los Angeles.

A citizenship ceremony in Los Angeles.

A new study says immigrants are settling in. It does not matter if they are legal or undocumented. They are bringing the ways of the old country. But they are becoming Americans very quickly.

For example, they want to learn English. Almost all speak their native tongue at home. Most speak English outside of their home. By the third generation, most immigrant children speak only English. This is called assimilation.

It was a big study. It looked at 41 million foreign-born people in the United States. The study included about 11.3 million undocumented immigrants, including about 37 million children born in the U. S.

Among the findings:

  • Foreign-born adults and children are healthier in general than native-born Americans. They are less likely to die from cancer or heart disease. They have fewer chronic illnesses and lower rates of obesity.
  • Second-generation children are doing as well in school as native-born Americans. Immigrants from Asia are doing even better. Latino immigrants are not doing as well as native-born Americans
  • Immigrant men aged 18 to 39 are sent to jail at a much lower rate (25 percent) than American men of that age group.
  • The longer the time immigrants are in America, the more likely they are to be jailed at the same rate as native-born Americans. That is also associated with assimilation.

Experts say the study shows Americans have no reason to fear immigrants. One said that immigrants improve themselves and America. She said, “However we do it, we are good at it.”

Source: The New York Times September 21, 2015

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