Mexican Illegal Alien Family Values Are Broken

 Anchor baby from the Hurricane Katrina illegal alien influx.

Commentary:    One of the “Hispanic family values” that is thriving is the importance of having children early and often. “It’s considered almost a badge of honor for a young girl to have a baby,” says Peggy Schulze of Chrysalis House.  The more children you have, the more assistance you’re eligible for, the least likely you’ll be deported.  I implore you to read the article below.

Illegal Immigration’s Family Breakdown

by Heather Mac Donald

Posted: 06/05/2007

Republican open-borders advocates tirelessly promote the myth that Hispanics will save the American family from the rising tide of illegitimacy and disintegration. None of these myth-makers has spent any time, it would appear, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, undoubtedly the most illegal alien-impacted school district in the county. “Most of the people I used to hang out with when I first came to the school have dropped out,” observed Jackie, a vivacious illegal alien from Guatemala, who is getting her GED at Belmont High School in Los Angeles’s overwhelmingly Hispanic, gang-ridden Rampart district. “Others got kicked out or got into drugs. Five graduated, and four home girls got pregnant.”

Jackie’s observations have been confirmed by every teen I have spoken to while researching teen pregnancy and out of wedlock child-bearing in Southern California. “This year was the worst for pregnancies,” said Liliana, an American-born senior at Manual Arts High School near downtown Los Angeles a while back. “A lot of girls get abortions; some drop out.” Are girls ashamed when they get pregnant? I wonder. “Not at all,” Liliana responds. Among Hispanic teens the stigma of single parenthood has vanished. I asked Jackie, the Guatemalan GED student at Belmont High, if her pregnant friends subsequently got married. She guffawed. George, an 18-year-old of Salvadoran background who was kicked out of Manual Arts six months ago for a vicious fight, estimates that most girls at the school are having sex by age 16.

Social workers in Southern California are in despair over the epidemic of single parenting. Not only has illegitimacy become perfectly acceptable, they say, but so has the resort to welfare and social services to cope with it.

I spoke with an obstetrician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the city of Orange, California, many of whose patients are Hispanic teenagers. A recent patient just had her second baby at age 17; the baby’s father is in jail. But what is “most alarming,” the doctor, herself Hispanic, says, is that the “teens’ parents view having babies outside of marriage as normal, too. A lot of the grandmothers are single as well; they never married, or they had successive partners. So the mom sends the message to her daughter that it’s okay to have children out of wedlock.”

One of the “Hispanic family values” that is thriving is the importance of having children early and often. “It’s considered almost a badge of honor for a young girl to have a baby,” says Peggy Schulze of Chrysalis House, an adoption agency in Fresno. (Fresno has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in California, typical of the state’s heavily Hispanic farm districts.) This preference for early child-bearing is not ideal in a modern economy.

Statistics bear these personal observations out. Hispanic women have the highest unmarried birthrate in the country — over three times that of whites and Asians, and nearly one and a half times that of black women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Every 1,000 unmarried Hispanic women bore 92 children in 2003 (the latest year for which data exist), compared with 28 children for every 1,000 unmarried white women, 22 for every 1,000 unmarried Asian women, and 66 for every 1,000 unmarried black women. Forty-eight percent of all Hispanic births occur outside of marriage, compared with 24 percent of white births and 15 percent of Asian births. Only the percentage of black out-of-wedlock births — 68% — exceeds the Hispanic rate. But the black population is not going to triple over the next few decades.

As if the unmarried Hispanic birthrate weren’t worrisome enough, it is increasing faster than among other groups. It jumped five percent from 2002 to 2003, whereas the rate for other unmarried women remained flat. Couple the high and increasing illegitimacy rate of Hispanics with their higher overall fertility rate, and you have a recipe for unstoppable family breakdown.

The rate of childbirth for Mexican teenagers, who come from by far the largest and fastest-growing immigrant population, greatly outstrips every other group. The Mexican teen birthrate is 93 births per every 1,000 girls, compared with 27 births for every 1,000 white girls, 17 births for every 1,000 Asian girls, and 65 births for every 1,000 black girls.
For a long time, conservatives have been uniquely willing to sound the alarm about the costs of illegitimacy. Children raised in single-parent homes, they have warned, are at far higher risk of school failure, juvenile delinquency, emotional problems, teen pregnancy, and poverty than children raised by married parents. Yet when it comes to Hispanics, open-borders advocates, fearless about decrying family break-down among blacks, suddenly go silent.

Ditto the other social problems that are showing up above all in the second and third generations of Hispanic immigrants. Hispanics have the highest school drop-out rate in the country — a recipe for economic decline. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is 73% Hispanic, just 40% of Hispanic students graduate. Immigrant advocates have fiercely opposed in court a long-deferred California high school exit exam, which would require students to answer just over 50% of questions testing eighth-grade-level math and ninth-grade-level English. The California Research Bureau predicts that if the exam becomes a reality, Hispanic graduation rates would drop well below 30%.

Gang life is thriving in L.A.’s schools, and is spreading across the country with the migration of Hispanic immigrants. The incarceration rate of Mexican-Americans is 3.45 times higher than that of whites. Sociologists Alejandro Portes of Princeton and Rubén G. Rumbaut of the University of California, Irvine, followed the children of immigrants in San Diego and Miami from 1992 to 2003. A whopping 28% of Mexican-American males between the ages of 18 and 24 reported having been arrested since 1995, and 20%reported having been incarcerated — a rate twice that of other immigrant groups. Anyone who speaks to Hispanic students in immigrant-saturated schools in Southern California will invariably hear the estimate that 50% of a student’s peers have ended up in gangs or other criminal activities.

These are the social facts about which open-borders conservatives never speak. If the current level of immigration flows continues, they will only get worse.


4 responses to “Mexican Illegal Alien Family Values Are Broken

  1. What a bunch of crap!

    Hispanic family values are being broken because the truth is the teenage kids raised in American are becoming more Americanized and start having sex at an early age!

    Where are you people getting your information! Mexicans dishonoring there kids for have a babies at suck an really age!.

  2. Update for Orlando: Arizona birthrate statistics from ADHS show that Arizona Hispanics including Mexican Illegal Aliens, under the age of 19 have children at a rate THREE TIMES HIGHER than any other ethnic group in the state. It would seem your theory that “Americanization” causes the added Hispanic teenage pregnancies has been debunked. In fact, it would appear as though the more Americanized the ethnic group, the less likely the trend toward teenage pregnancy.


    There you go, shooting the messenger.

    “Where are you people getting your information! “

    Here’s where the information came from. All these references are quoted within the article.

    Rubén G. Rumbaut of the University of California, Irvine

    Sociologist, Alejandro Portes of Princeton

    The California Research Bureau

    Belmont High School in Los Angeles

    Social workers in Southern California

    Peggy Schulze of Chrysalis House, an adoption agency in Fresno.

    An obstetrician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the city of Orange, California.

    Los Angeles Unified School District

    Centers for Disease Control

    This was an article that had plenty of fact’s, figures, interviews and statistics. Whether or not illegal alien hispanics are being “Americanized”, is an arguement being debated every day in the blogosphere. Many Americans are saying that Latino illegal immigrants ARE NOT even trying to assimilate into the American culture. And many Latino proponents of illegal immigration are saying, “So what. Why should they? America should assimilate to them.”

    You’re absolutely correct in your assertion that it is up to parents to solve the problem. However, blaming society is wasted breath. Society is what we make it. The illegal immigrant Mexicans in question have made it clear. They wish to live in an old country Mexican culture with all the benefits of American social service programs.

  3. and why is it that you guys always target Hispanics??? why don’t you see your own imperfections and talk about that? and if your not hispanic, why the hell do you care how many babies we have? its not your life so stay out of it….!! worry about yourselves ok

  4. Nena,

    I’ll answer your question with another question. Why is it that Mexicans target America to illegally immigrate to?

    We’ve got nothing against Hispanics. We have everything against ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS crossing our southern border in droves!

    If it were Norwegians that were over running the border and draining the American socio-economic infrastructure dry of it’s vitality, we would be railing against them and insisting that every last one of them be shipped back to Norway immediately.

    As far as the article and the AZ Birth Stats page goes, blame the California and Arizona Department of Health and Human Services for their inclusion of Illegal Alien Mexicans into the Hispanic category. Because of “sanctuary” policies in both states, there is no differentiation between American Hispanics and Illegal Alien Mexicans in the statistics.

    Would this have an effect in the numbers? Most certainly. Don’t take it up with me, call your congressman or state legislature representative and tell them to do away with “sanctuary” policies toward illegal aliens and NOT to include them in American Hispanic catagories.

    To address your comment that we should just “worry about ourselves”,

    This entire fight against illegal immigration is ALL ABOUT Americans of all ethnic backgrounds “worrying about ourselves”. Ok?

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