October 27, 2006


Marriage Is Alive And Well Among Foreign-Born Americans (Pueng Vongs, October 27, 2006, New America Media)

[A] greater percentage of foreign born continue to outpace their native-born counterparts in tying the knot. Some 61.9 percent of foreign born are married, compared with 51.9 percent of native born.

Comparing household figures from a 2004 survey, 58.4 percent of foreign-born households consisted of a married couple, or 8.3 million, a figure that dipped slightly in 2001 but has inched up annually between 2002 and 2004.

With growing immigration, the prototypical American family with husband, wife and child will increasingly gain a new face. Observers say the high marriage rate may be attributed to immigrants bringing old-world, traditional values to the new world, and the frequency with which the foreign born emigrate with spouses.

Which is why the pro and anti immigration positions must eventually switch parties.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 27, 2006 9:37 AM

I was unaware that there were identifiable "Democrat" and "Republican" positions on immigration.

The issue is rather more complicated than that. Segments of the Democrat coalition, specifically labor and Americans of African and mixed African descent, are far from welcoming of new Americans.

On the Republican side, at least the Catholic component of the Christian Right is "soft" on immigration, as are business and agriculture interests.

Neither party has a coherent position on immigration to be "switched" with the other.

This is a cross-cleavage issue, splitting the bases of both parties. We have not seen Democrats scrambling to position themselves as the champions of open borders. On the contrary, the attack ads of both parties, at least here in eastern Pennsylvania, routinely attack the other side for being soft of wetbacks.

The best ad I have seen showed a congressional candidate crossing the Rio Grande on an elephant with a Marachi band playing, the point being that the whole thing is a laughable, silly farce. This is the most honest thing anyone has said about the immigration issue, and I am blessed to have this gentleman running in my district.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 27, 2006 11:07 AM

It ill becomes you to act coy. Of course the GOP is identified as the white people's party. It is transitioning towards being the party of the faithful, irrespective of color.

Posted by: oj at October 27, 2006 11:48 AM

Lou, give your candidate a name and a plug. I saw a video of his escapade and it was indeed amusing and edifying.

The candidate for the state legislature in our district is running unopposed, so for the first time in my life, I wrote in a name closely resembling the person's name. I took great pleasure in writing in KING KONG. I hope it made some people at the county supervisor's office smile. I successfully resisted drawing a smiley face next to it.

Posted by: erp at October 27, 2006 1:03 PM

"immigrants bringing old-world, traditional values to the new world" Which old-world? Europe? Asia? South America? Mid-East? South America is not much older than ours. Europe is a goner. Mid-East brings 4 wives.

Posted by: ic at October 27, 2006 1:41 PM