Recent immigrants are healthier and more law abiding than native born Americans

Many politicians claim that recent immigrants commit more crimes than Americans, that they burden public health care systems, and that they fail to learn English.

In fact, the opposite is true: Foreign-born adults and children are healthier. They are less likely to die from cancer or heart disease, and have fewer chronic illnesses and lower rates of obesity. Immigrant men 18 to 39 were incarcerated at about one-fourth the rate of American men. English language learning is happening as rapidly or faster now than it did for earlier waves of mainly European immigrants in the 20th century. [link]


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