According to a new Pew study, illegal aliens are less likely to be proficient in English, hold college degrees than lawful immigrants.
Despite these gains, unauthorized immigrants remain much less likely than lawful immigrants to be proficient in English (34% vs. 57% in 2016) or hold a college degree (17% vs. 37%).
Below is a closer look at rising levels of English proficiency and education among unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. – and demographic factors behind the changes
The study also claimed that the number of aliens being proficient in English is increasing
In 2016, a third of unauthorized immigrant adults were proficient in English – meaning they either spoke only English at home or rated themselves as speaking English very well – up from a quarter in 2007. And the share of unauthorized immigrants ages 25 to 64 with a college degree ticked up to 17% in 2016, compared with 15% in 2007.
This is why legal immigration is so important. A proper illegal immigration system allows for America to only bring the best into our country. Clearly, by this study, we are not doing that and this is impacting our country.
Other research has found that immigrants with limited English-speaking ability are more likely to live in poverty, reflecting in part their job skills. A Migration Policy Institute analysis found that those with limited English tended to be more concentrated in traditionally high immigration states such as California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and New Jersey.
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