A recent report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that the rising level of education among new immigrants in the U.S. has done very little to relieve increasing poverty levels for new arrivals. The report indicates that in 2017 the number of new immigrants living in households on food stamps grew from 4%in 2007 to 13%t in 2017 -- three times more than a decade before.
The report also showed that even though the number of new immigrants with an education level of a college degree or higher increased from 34% to 49% between 2007 and 2017, the number of new immigrants in the labor force dropped from 73% to 67% during that same time period.
Additionally, the percentage of new immigrants on Medicaid grew from 6% in 2007 to 17% in 2017 -- an increase of 11 percentage points. Though the percentage of Americans on Medicaid also saw a slight increase of 9%, the study showed that new immigrants are two times more likely to live in poverty than those born in the U.S, regardless of increased education levels among new arrivals.
For more on this story, see CIS.
Updated: Tue, May 8th 2018 @ 12:05pm EDT