Hispanics Out-Reproduce the Nation
The Venezualan newspaper, El Universal, (translated by Watching America.com) has a refreshingly non-polemical op-ed on immigration in U.S., concentrating the mind with the statistic,
In 2006 the birth rate [in the U.S.] exceeded that 45 years ago, carrying the fertility rate to 2.1 children per woman, which according to experts, is the magic figure that must be reached to replace the population. A quarter of those babies were born in Hispanic families, whose fertility rate is 40% higher than the national average.
The author puts the current electoral concern with the issue of immigration in historical perspective,
Currently 13% of the population in the United States is immigrants, very close to the 15% in the years before the First World War when the economic recession, tensions and pressures led to the closure of borders. Those clouds are evident again in the agendas of the presidential candidates, especially in such states as Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, where the foreign population has grown by more than 45% per year, with one million people cross the border legally and about 500 thousand without papers. A storm surge that can be met with new dams as the economy shows fatigue.