It is important that we base our opinions and public policy on immigration on facts. With so much heated partisan rhetoric about immigration, it was refreshing to come across this recent study from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The basic finding here are that recent immigrants are assimilating into the US as well if not better than previous immigrants. On many measures immigrants show steady progress on assimilation as measured by education, income, health, family and other measures. In some areas, immigrants show better numbers than the native population. For example immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be incarcerated. First-generation immigrants are healthier than the general U.S.-born population. There appears to be broad support for change in our immigration system and border security. But as we discuss these public policy issues, lets understand the facts.
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