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Latest Immigrant Arrivals Care Little for Citizenship
Not only are they coming in greater numbers to live in the U.S. but immigrants of the past 30 years are much poorer, less educated and less likely to own homes or become citizens than their predecessors, a new study shows.
America's immigrant population has tripled to about 30 million, reported the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, which conducted the research.
Among the findings:
"The deterioration in the position of immigrants is primarily explained by a significant decline in the educational attainment of immigrants relative to natives," the report said.
In 1970, 7 percentage points separated the high school completion rates of established immigrants and natives.
By 2000, established immigrants were more than three times as likely as natives to lack a high school education. In 2000, 34.4 percent of established immigrants and 9.6 percent of natives lacked a high school deploma.