20 Major Immigration Facts the American Public Refuses to Hear

For many of us, the raging immigration debate affects our daily lives and takes up a lot of our psychic energy.  For others, immigration is simply a hotly debated topic in the news, in classrooms, and around the dinner table, and an issue fraught with so many different aspects, there seems to be no end. Because we hear the same inaccurate arguments time and time again, we’ve collected some of the most important facts and the ones that are most often ignored.

1. Latinos are NOT the fastest growing group

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The popular media would have us think otherwise, but Latinos are NOT the fastest growing immigrant population — Asians are now leading that category.

2. Chinese make up the largest single-group percentage

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Chinese make up the largest single-group percentage. The combined countries of Cuba, the Philippines, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Korea make up 42.5% of foreign-born people making lives in the U.S. 

3. Mexican Immigration is moving in the reverse


Mexican immigration is actually moving in reverse. More Mexicans are returning to their homeland than arriving in the U.S.

4. Reasons for this reversal: 9/11 and the recession

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Immigration from Mexico actually began to decline in 2000 before 9/11, and it decreased further in 2008. For many Mexicanos, the recession and lack of work made the US an undesirable place to live, and not the so-called threat of terrorism.

5. Fewer immigrants coming from European nations explains the fear-mongering


It is true, however, that fewer immigrants are coming from European countries, but this fact only supports claims that all the immigration fuss in the U.S. really boils down to nativist fears, xenophobia, and plain old-fashioned racism.

6. Operation Wetback: Can you believe they called it that?


During the summer of 1954, a mass deportation of Mexicanos, Operation Wetback, “repatriated” nearly 1.5 – 2 million Mexicanos, many were US citizens.

7. In summer 2018, approximately 3000 children were separated from their parents


During summer 2018, approximately 3000 children (mostly Central American) were separated from their parents at the US/Mexico border when the Trump administration made the cruel choice to take children from mothers, fathers, and other family members. As of July 5, 2018, the Trump administration admitted that it did not know if all the children have been reunited with their families or not.

8. Increase in immigration from Central America  result of US intervention


An increase in immigrants from Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras), 1980-2010, is a result of US intervention in the region largely under President Ronald Reagan who claimed to be protecting the US from Communism.

9. Immigrants commit less crime


Even though immigrants commit less crimes than native born people (according to the Cato Institute), the US spends more money on immigration enforcement. In 2012, it spent almost $18 billion on immigration enforcement—24 percent more than its combined spending on the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

10. Foreign-born women make up the majority of the immigrant population


We all remember when Donald Trump, said a lot of Mexican are rapists. At this point, it’s safe to assume that he was preying on nativist fears of brown men raping their white daughters, no? Here’s a fact for you, foreign-born women make up the majority of the immigrant population in the US by more than 3%.

11. MS-13 originated from Salvadoran refugees

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The MS-13 gang, or Mara Salvatrucha’s original members were mostly Salvadorans who left the country due to the US-funded civil war.

12. Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to the undocumented


In 1984, before signing amnesty legislation in 1986, Ronald Reagan said the following: “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.”

13. But he demonized single-women on welfare

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He called women getting family services benefits ‘Welfare Queens’

 14. The children of immigrants often don’t do great in high school but still succeed in college


Children of immigrants have lower high school graduation rates than non-immigrant children but they still go on to college. It seems contradictory, but it makes sense given that the majority of black and brown folks with higher education degrees started at a community college, where a high school diploma is not required to enroll.

15. Their college-graduation rate is higher than  national average


The children of foreign-born immigrants have a college-graduation rate that is 5% higher than the national average. Children of immigrants are more likely to become homeowners too, and less likely to live at or below the poverty rate.

16. Many Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants


In 2010, Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants and children of immigrants employed people all over the world, more than 10 million people.

17. Many, many immigrants do pay taxes


Contrary to popular belief, immigrants do pay taxes. We all do when we buy goods and services, and many immigrants pay and file tax returns using a government-issued ITIN number, a number like a social security number that can be lawfully issued to foreign nationals and other individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security number (SSN) can pay the taxes they are legally required to pay.

18. In 2015, they paid 13.7 billion!


All those smug people who claim not to be racist when they complain about immigrants sponging off the system and not paying taxes, should check see this: according to the IRS, in 2015, 4.35 million people paid over 13.7 billion in net taxes using an ITIN.

19. Latino immigration has very little impact on  wages of African American men


It’s convenient for politicians who do a lot of scapegoating to pit different ethnic groups against one another, in particular around issues of employment. Guess what, gente? According to researchers from institutions like University of Hofstra, University of Chicago’s School of Economics, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Cal Berkeley, and others agree that immigration has had little effect on the wages of African American men.

20. Still, the facts are enough to convince most  to believe the truth about immigration


If you want people to remember the truth about immigration combine the facts with emotional stories and anecdotes about real people whose lives match the statistics

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You


These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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