The Pew Research Center examines data from several sources to determine if (and how) recent immigration patterns between Mexico and the United States have changed. Statistics from several sources point to a substantial decline in the number of immigrants entering the U.S. from Mexico since 2006. Yet there appears to be no significant change in the number of immigrants returning to Mexico, despite the downturn in employment opportunities due to the current recession.
Several new reports mine data from the California Health Interview Survey and other sources to provide a perspective on the health of California’s children. The bottom line: children in California are not as healthy as they could be. In particular, low-income and Latino children face multiple obstacles and consequently bear a disproportionate burden of health problems. According to a related report, Mexican-origin children and youth have less access to public health programs in comparison with immigrants from other regions and the white U.S.-born population.
A new report analyzes data from the 2004 National Day Labor Survey to paint a portrait of the day laborer population in California, a group that receives a significant amount of attention in the mass media.
According to the report, issued by the Public Policy Institute of California, day laborers (defined in the report as people, primarily men, and primarily immigrants, who gather on street corners and in parking lots to wait for temporary employment) is not as large as the media attention would have you believe — at about 40,000, the population represents 3% of the state’s undocumented male workforce and 0.2% of its total workforce. The average day laborer has limited English skills, a low level of education, has lived in the state for less than 10 years, is employed about 23 hours a week, and makes about $259 per week. About 20% of the day laborer force are either US citizens, permanent residents, or temporary residents.
Two new Field Polls touch on issues at the fore of California politics these days — global warming (as witness the governor’s multiple media appearances and speeches on the subject this past week) and illegal immigration.