BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — Becoming an American can be bad for your health.So not only do we have to let in millions of legal and illegal Mexican immigrants, give them free food in the form of food stamps, give them free health care at hospital emergency rooms, boost their life expectancy so they live longer than average Americans, and offer them some sort of immigration amnesty, but we also have to do something about them getting fat on American fast food.
A growing body of mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer they live in this country, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And while their American-born children may have more money, they tend to live shorter lives than the parents.
The pattern goes against any notion that moving to America improves every aspect of life. It also demonstrates that at least in terms of health, worries about assimilation for the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants are mistaken. In fact, it is happening all too quickly.
“There’s something about life in the United States that is not conducive to good health across generations,” said Robert A. Hummer, a social demographer at the University of Texas at Austin.
For Hispanics, now the nation’s largest immigrant group, the foreign-born live about three years longer than their American-born counterparts, several studies have found.
Another NY Times story says that the tech lobby is threatening to kill the immigration reform bill unless companies are allowed to use H-1B visas to replace American workders:
“Over all, tech has gotten, by any metric, the best bill they’ve ever seen on this issue in terms of H-1Bs,” said an aide to the Judiciary Committee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations were continuing. ...
One of Mr. Hatch’s amendments would tweak this language so that companies would have to follow only industry standards on hiring, effectively eliminating regulatory oversight.
Tech companies also object to language that would compel companies to show that they have not laid off an American employee 90 days before or after hiring a temporary foreign worker. The companies see this as bureaucratic interference. They support another amendment by Mr. Hatch that would require employers to state on paper that they have not replaced an American employee with a foreign guest worker.