- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2015

Immigration since 1965 has more than quadrupled the nation’s foreign-born population: it’s swelled from 9.6 million to a record 45 million in 2015, notes a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data, which predicts the nation will have 78 million immigrants — and a very different population in the future. “Non-Hispanic whites” will be in the minority, comprising 46 percent of the population by 2065, the research reveals.

“The U.S. has — by far — the world’s largest immigrant population, holding about one-in-five of the world’s immigrants,” the analysis notes. “Between 1965 and 2015, new immigrants, their children and their grandchildren accounted for 55 percent of U.S. population growth. They added 72 million people to the nation’s population as it grew from 193 million in 1965 to 324 million in 2015.”

The U.S. foreign born population rose from 5 percent five decades ago to 14 percent today — “a near historic record.” Racial and ethnic composition is changing: In 1965, 84 percent of Americans were non-Hispanic whites; now it stands at 62 percent. Among blacks, the numbers have remained fairly steady: 11 percent of the population in 1965, compared to 12 percent now. The Hispanic share of the U.S. population rose from 4 percent in 1965 to 18 percent this year; Asians rose from less than 1 percent in 1965 to 6 percent now.

The research cites the impact of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which significantly changed U.S. immigration policy and jettisoned a long-standing national origins quota system. Had the legislation not been enacted, the nation would have remained 75 percent white, 14 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic and less than 1 percent Asian, the analysis says.

Non-Hispanic whites are projected to become less than half of the U.S. population by 2055 and 46 percent by 2065. No racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of the U.S. population, the research states. Meanwhile, Hispanics will see their population share rise to 24 percent by 2065 while Asians’ will rise to 14 percent.

Half of Americans currently say such immigration makes both the economy and crime “worse,” a related poll found. Another 50 percent, however, say immigration improves the nation’s food, music and the arts while 49 percent want immigration into the U.S. reduced. Eighty two percent want a “major overhaul” of the U.S. immigration system.


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THE ACU AND THE WASHINGTON TIMES

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp has announced three new members to serve on the organization’s board of directors: The Washington Times president and CEO Larry Beasley; Jose Cardenas, who has held a cross section of senior positions at the U.S. State Department, the National Security Council and the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Matt Smith, president of the Catholic Advocate. The ACU’s membership have also elected conservative strategist Kimberly Bellissimo and attorney Edward Yevoli to the board.

The Washington Times will disclose in any story it writes about the ACU or the Conservative Political Action Conference Mr. Beasley’s role with the group.

“The ACU, as the original conservative grass-roots conservative organization, is focused on revitalizing the organization and pushing back on the Obama agenda. These five outstanding individuals offer diverse experience and talents which will focus on advancing the conservative agenda throughout the country,” says Mr. Schlapp, who also notes that there are “more changes to come.”

A MOST TIMELY BROADCAST

What with water on Mars, and all. Behold, some discussion at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Check C-SPAN at 10 a.m. for this: “House Science Committee hearing on astrobiology and the search for life elsewhere in the universe besides Earth, and costs of such exploration.”

THANKS FOR THE BOOST

During their annual policy conference over the weekend, The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms publicly thanked Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for energizing the nation’s firearms owners to political action — and virtually assuring their heavy turnout for the 2016 presidential election.

“Thanks to all of her anti-gun-rights statements, Hillary Clinton will guarantee that gun owners will exercise their voting rights next November,” says Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington state-based group, which has some 650,000 members. “A Clinton nomination in 2016 will guarantee continued strong gun sales and expanded gun ownership. Even among those who favor expanded background checks there is strong sentiment for protecting gun rights rather than controlling gun ownership.”

‘THAT OLD CAR SMELL’

Just out from Regnery Publishing, “Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary,” by Edward Klein, former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. The veteran journalist has already written other books about Hillary Rodham Clinton, including “Blood Feud: The Clinton Vs. the Obamas” and “The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.”

The new expose of Mrs. Clinton showcases her “floundering race for the White House,” Mr. Klein says. He has included meticulously recreated conversations of Mrs. Clinton’s behind-the-scenes efforts, portraying the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state as “a woman more associated with scandal than with accomplishments, with lying than with truth, with arrogance than with compassion.” Mr. Klein, incidentally, has titled the epilogue in the book “That old car smell.”

NOT OVERLOOKED

“For centuries, Americans have passed down a love of hunting and fishing to their kids and grandkids, advancing our Nation’s independent, pioneering spirit with each generation. To many, these sports represent centuries — old traditions — and to others, they remain a way of life that reflects the resilience of our character. On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we celebrate the ways hunters and fishers contribute to our country and our environment, and we recommit to safeguarding America’s natural places for all posterity.”

— from President Obama’s official proclamation recognizing National Hunting and Fishing Day, which was Saturday.

ON THE RADAR

The annual Log Cabin Republicans Spirit of Lincoln Dinner is scheduled for the first week of October in the nation’s capital, attracting a dozen Republican lawmakers ranging from Reps. Robert Dold and Joe Heck to Mia Love, Richard Hanna and IleanaRos-Lehtinen. Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will also be among the guests of the group, which represent “gay Republicans and their straight allies” according to the organization’s mission statement.

The night will celebrate GOPers who support “equality under the law for all, free markets, individual liberty, limited government, and a strong national defense,” the organizers note.

POLL DU JOUR

40 percent of Americans now trust the “mass media” — newspapers, TV and radio; 53 percent trusted the mass media in 1997.

55 percent of Democrats trust the media now; 64 percent trusted it in 1997.

45 percent of those over 50 trust the media now; 50 percent trusted it in 1997.

36 percent of those age 18-49 trust the media now; 55 percent trusted it in 1997.

33 percent of independents trust the media now; 53 percent trusted it in 1997.

32 percent of Republicans trust the media now; 41 percent trusted it in 1997.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,025 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 9-13 plus Gallup historical data.

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