Given current patterns of immigration to the United States, Washington faces an enormous policy challenge. Two in five of all immigrants to the United States are from Mexico and Central America. Latinos now constitute 22 percent of all children in the United States; by 2050, they are expected to be 39 percent. But the social status of Latinos, even those born in the United States, is persistently low.
This perhaps shouldn't be a surprise, given that migrants from Mexico and Central America tend to be negatively selected from their home populations: they are often the people who found themselves in such desperate economic circumstances at home that they preferred to live as illegal immigrants in the United States. (Latinos constitute nearly half of the foreign born in the United States, but four in five of illegal migrants.) The effects have been dire: there can be no doubt that immigration is widening social inequality in the United States.
Consider the table below, which shows educational attainment of 25–34-year-olds in the United States in 2009. Descendants of Latino immigrants are dropping out of high school at rates far in excess of the domestic population and the descendants of other immigrant groups; similarly, the Latino population is much less likely than those other groups to complete higher education. Educational attainment in all societies is a strong predictor of future social status, and the prediction here for the Latino population is not good.
Of course, Clark cannot bring himself to mouth the dread word, "I.Q." but that's why he's published in Foreign Affairs and Steve Sailer is not. Thus, given the human capital we're importing, lots of such people from crowded, destitute places can only mean the same lowered wages and increased competition for housing, education, green space, public utilities, etc. as in the originating country. Wages stagnate, goods and services get more scarce. Profits are captured at the top, costs are socialized downward, and the bottom finds socio-economic break-out increasingly difficult.
In sum, immigration means the developing-world (i.e., those regions which are perenially "developing" yet never ultimately developed) conditions are simply replicated here. The US is literally engineering its own decline into Third World status.
And, once again, we have been over this before. My question is, if the Council of Foreign Relations has figured this out; if prominent academic economists like Tyler Cowen have figured this out, then why aren't they shouting it from all their high profile outlets? The same tsunami is going to drown them and theirs too, after all. Are they insane, or just evil?