Census

Census: California to Lose Congressional Seat for First Time in History

New figures from the U.S. Census ahead of the 2020 decennial count suggest that California could lose a seat in Congress for the first time in its history. While other “Sun Belt” states stand to gain congressional representation, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing U.S. Census Bureau figures on state population changes through July 1, California — once a symbol of the nation’s westward growth — will likely lose a congressional seat. The Journal reported that California will join the cold states of the Northeast and Midwest in losing political clout: Based on Monday’s figures, Texas is poised to gain two congressional seats, and Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon are expected to gain one. Eight states are expected to lose one seat: California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The actual reapportionment calculation will take place by December 2020, with its details worked out in 2021. Each state will redraw its legislative maps, and those that have more than one congressional seat will redraw districts as well. The shift of political power away from the Northeast and Midwest toward the Southeast and Southwest is the result of residents flocking to states with warm weather, strong job growth, cheaper housing and, in some cases, lower taxes. The likely loss in representation would come despite California helping to lead the “resistance” to President Donald Trump’s proposal to add a question to the Census asking respondents if they are U.S. citizens. California and other states feared that they could lose congressional seats if they were subsequently apportioned based on the number of citizens rather than the number of residents; California is a prime destination for immigrations, including illegal ones. The Court ruled against the administration — one of the few times it has done so. California may lose a seat anyway. Losing one of its 53 seats “would also mean the loss of one vote in the electoral college” to determine the presidency, Capitol Weekly noted earlier this year.

Median U.S. Household Income Rose in 2017, Considered Highest on Record

The median U.S. household income rose for the third year in a row in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Wednesday. The Census data showed that median household income increased in 2017 to $61,372, an increase of 1.8 percent after taking inflation into account, and is considered to be the highest on record. Although the household income level is considered to be the highest ever recorded, census officials say it is about the same, when adjusted for inflation, as in 1999 and 2007. The median household income also rose for the third year in a row, although the growth rate increased 3.2 percent in 2016 and 5.2 percent in 2015. The increase in household income over the past year comes as the poverty rate in America has declined and more Americans are participating in the workforce. The poverty rate dropped to 12.3 percent, marking a decrease in the poverty rate for the third year in a row, while the number of Americans working full-time jobs went up by 2.4 million in 2017. “We’re continuing to see that shift from part-time, part-year work to year-round, full-time work,” Trudi Renwick, an economist at the Census Bureau, told the Wall Street Journal. Much of these gains in household income and workforce participation come as the economy’s strength continues to climb in 2018. The American economy added 201,000 jobs in August 2018 and the unemployment rate has stayed low at 3.9 percent. Jobless claims also fell to a record-low of 203,000—the lowest level for claims since 1969. The 2017 data on median household income also does not fully include the effects of President Trump’s tax cuts instituted at the end of 2017, which caused incomes to rise in 2018 through the initial tax cuts and the tax reform bonuses many companies provided to their employees.

Trump administration to add citizenship question to 2020 census

The Trump administration announced late Monday that it will ask a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, moving to restore a critical but controversial piece of data from the decennial count. Immigrant-rights groups had vehemently opposed the move, arguing it would rub some people the wrong way and scare them from participating, and would thus skew the count that is critical to doling out hundreds of billions of dollars in government aid and to fundamental democratic functions such as divvying up congressional seats. Several minority-rights activists called it data “sabotage.” But the Justice Department has asked for the question to be restored, saying they needed it to better enforce critical laws such as the Voting Rights Act. Other government surveys ask about citizenship, but the Justice Department said those don’t get at the same level of granularity that the decennial census does. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross made the final decision to add the question. He said it was part of the full census up through 1950, and even as late as 2000 was part of the Census “long form” that was sent to one in six families. In 2020, though, it will be part of the form that goes out to all families. “I find that the need for accurate citizenship data and the limited burden that the reinstatement of the citizenship question would impose outweighs fears about a potentially lower response rate,” he wrote in a memo laying out his decision. He dismissed concerns from some immigrant-rights groups who say the government would face a backlash from people who distrust it. He said that fear may come to pass, but it’s not tied to the citizenship question itself. In fact, he said, nobody could specifically tie the citizenship question to lower responses. He also said some opponents didn’t realize the question used to be standard on the Census.

Imagine that!  And, again, it was used in 1 out of 6 census questionnaires when Clinton was President.  Yet, California and other illegal alien protectors are suing to stop it.  Makes a wonder why, doesn’t it?

Analysis: Muslims to soon beat out Jews in U.S. population

There are about 3.35 million Muslims in the United States right now, according to recent Pew Research Center’s Factank figures. But by 2050, that particular population is projected to grow — from about 1 percent of the U.S. population to about 2.1 percent. If it does, that means America will be home to more Muslims than Jews. Just something to think about, post New York City terror attack — a terror attack that we now know was committed by a radicalized Muslim who professed allegiance to ISIS. President Donald Trump, in a tweet, wrote: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” And of course, all sane Americans are with him on that point. But truth is: How do we reel back the radicalization of those Muslims in America now — or those who are yet to come?

Unfortunately, the “truth is”…you can’t.  This potential demographic shift here in America is certainly a cause for concern in this country that was founded on “Judeo-Christian” values.  Yes, we are a great “melting pot.”  And, we absolutely respect religious choice; one of the hallmarks of our many freedoms here in America.  That said…  When you combine the numbers of Catholics, Episcopalians, and the various protestant Christian sects, we are a Christian nation both historically, and demographically.  That’s just a fact.  After all, the pilgrims were Christian.  Just sayin..  And that’s where it started.  Islam is a very intolerant religion, by definition. As someone who has spent time in the middle east, and I know that to be true from personal experience.  But, if you doubt me, try bringing a Bible into Saudi Arabia and see what happens to you.  So, we need to ensure that those Muslim immigrants we allow into our country are willing to embrace our unique American culture which is an inclusive one.  Trump’s push for extreme vetting for those coming from certain countries in the middle east and northern Africa is nowhere near enough.  It’s a start.  But, that vetting needs to be expanded.  What just happened in NYC with a Muslim with a green card running over people on a sidewalk is a grim reminder of the risk of NOT vetting Muslims who come to our country.  Enough is enough!!  We are fools to bury our heads in the sand and look the other way because we’re too afraid to offend the tender sensibilities of certain self-righteous, entitlement-minded, mostly liberal folks in the Muslim community.

Feds: 275,000 born to illegals in one year, would fill city the size of Orlando

Moms in the United States illegally gave birth to 275,000 babies in 2014, enough birthright U.S. citizens to fill a city the size of Orlando, Florida, according to an analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The data showed that newborns to illegals accounted for 7 percent of all births in 2014, according to the analysis from the Pew Research Center. “In 2014, about 275,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in the U.S., accounting for about 7 percent of all U.S. births, and 32 percent of all U.S. births to foreign-born mothers,” said Pew’s newly released report. The report reviews births to unmarried foreign-born and American born women. Those who are foreign born, including illegals, are seeing their birthrate drop, though it is still making up for the decline in births by American women. “A third of all births to foreign-born mothers were to unmarried women – down from a peak of 37 percent in 2008. At the same time, the rate has held steady for U.S.-born women and now stands at 42 percent,” said Pew. The analysis also found that the growth in the birthrate of America is entirely driven by immigrants. “While the annual number of babies born in the U.S. has fluctuated in recent years – most markedly during the Great Recession when there was a significant drop in births nationwide – the trajectory over the past four decades or so has been upward. In 2014, there were 4 million births in the U.S., compared with 3.74 million in 1970,” said Pew. “This growth has been driven entirely by the increasing numbers of babies born to immigrant women. In 2014, immigrant women accounted for about 901,000 U.S. births, which marked a threefold increase from 1970 when immigrant women accounted for about 274,000 births. Meanwhile, the annual number of births to U.S.-born women dropped by 11 percent during that same time period, from 3.46 million in 1970 to 3.10 million in 2014,” added Pew.

Wow…

Latino, black teen birth rates fall to all-time low – though still twice the rate of whites

Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens. The Hispanic teen birth rate fell by half over about eight years, and the black teen birth rate dropped nearly that much. But even with those declines, the white teen birth rate is still only half as high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. “Despite this historic progress, profound disparities remain,” said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The teen birth rate has been falling since 1991, which experts attribute to more teens using birth control and more waiting until they are older to have sex. But in the new report, the CDC focused on 2006 through 2014 — the most recent phase of the decline, when the fall was steepest. The agency saw declines in every state and in every racial and ethnic group. The recent drops in the black and Hispanic teen birth rates look more dramatic in part because they started at far higher rate, Albert said. The Hispanic rate fell 51 percent — from 77 to 38 births per 1,000 Hispanic girls ages 15 to 19. The black rate fell 44 percent — from 62 to 35 per 1,000. The white rate fell 35 percent, from 27 to 17 per 1,000. Teen births have been declining across the country, through the drop has been greater in some states than others. The teen birth rate fell nearly 50 percent in Arizona, Colorado and Connecticut, but only about 13 percent in North Dakota and 15 percent in West Virginia. Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico have the highest teen birth rates; each state sees more than 40 births to teen moms per every 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19. Massachusetts and New Hampshire have the lowest, at 11 per 1,000. About 4 million babies were born in the United States in 2014. Of those, about 250,000 were born to mothers ages 15 to 19.

Given all the sex education in schools today, and outreach from groups like Planned Parenthood and so on…  The only conclusion I get out of this is that white teens are still smarter about sex, and specifically the issue of teen pregnancy, than blacks and Hispanics.  It used to be an education, demographic, thing…and access to services, etc.  But, now it’s purely a cultural thing.  White teens are more averse to getting pregnant, while blacks and Hispanics don’t care as much.

Lawmakers urge Census Bureau to ask more about sexual orientation, gender identity

The U.S. Census Bureau should be demanding more information about “gender identity,” leading liberal lawmakers said Wednesday, asking for more probing questions to get at the increasingly complex family dynamics in America. “Many federal data collection instruments gather respondents’ race, ethnicity, sex, marital status and other personal demographic information. However, most of these instruments do not include direct measures of respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity,” Rep. Raul Grijalva and Sen. Tammy Baldwin said in a letter they led, and which was co-signed by dozens of their Democratic colleagues. In particular, they asked that the American Community Survey, which is the bureau’s continuing method for taking the pulse of the country in between the decennial counts, be changed to include specific questions about how Americans describe their own identities. The lawmakers said they would then be able to craft laws better tailored to improve the situations of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people. They said some other federal agencies already try to find those sorts of numbers, including the Labor Department, which queries orientation for purposes of family medical leave, and the Justice Department, which tracks the identity or orientation of crime victims.

Holy crap!!  This is your hard-earned tax dollars at work, folks.  These liberal Democrat politicians want to expand their intrusion into our lives.  If someone asked me that type of question, I’d say, “none of your damn business.”  I thought liberals were the ones always whining about how government gets into our bedrooms and such.  Hopefully the Republican majority in both chambers will shut this nonsense down..  Unreal…

Census: More Minority Children Than Whites, More Whites Dying Than Being Born

Racial and ethic minorities children under the age of five are now the majority as non-Hispanic white children make up an ever-smaller slice of the population, according to the Census Bureau. New population estimates released Thursday reveal a striking shift in the composition of America’s population as racial and ethnic minority births are also outpacing minority deaths. Meanwhile non-Hispanic whites are experiencing negative population growth, seeing 61,841 more deaths than births between 2013 and 2014. The Census reports that in the past decade, the population has become more diverse, with the percentage of ethic and racial minorities growing from 32.9 percent to 37.9 percent over the last decade. Indeed, the report notes that Millennials — now representing more than a quarter of the population, more than the 75.4 million Baby Boomers — are more diverse than earlier generations as 44.2 percent belong to a minority group. With the nation as a whole barreling toward a minority-majority future, there are already states where racial and ethnic minorities actually make up the majority. Specifically there are four states and the District of Columbia: Hawaii (77.0 percent), the District of Columbia (64.2 percent), California (61.5 percent), New Mexico (61.1 percent) and Texas (56.5 percent). There are other states on the precipice of a minority-majority population such as Nevada where 48.9 percent is minority. According to the Census more than 11 percent of the nation’s 3,142 counties, or 364, were already majority-minority. This year, the Census noted that five became majority minority between 2013-2014, specifically: Russell, Alabama, Newton, Georgia, Eddy, New Mexico, Brazoria, Texas, and Suffolk city, Virginia. The data comes as a Census report earlier this year projected that by 2044 more than half of the population in the United States would be part of a minority group.

Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth

Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures. A report from the Center for Immigration Studies that analyzed the statistics said that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the immigrant population totals 78 million. The report was provided to Secrets and released Wednesday evening. The surge in immigrant population, both legal and illegal, threatens to slam into the presidential campaign as GOP candidates move to figure out what their position is and the president tries to use executive powers to exempt some 5 million illegals from deportation. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker disrupted the debate this week when he said that legal immigration also needs to be reformed to make sure Americans don’t suffer by losing jobs to new citizens. But even more, the CIS report said that the surge in mostly legal immigrants will have a huge impact on the nation and taxpayers. “These numbers have important implications for workers, schools, infrastructure, congestion and the environment,” said Steven Camarota, the center’s director of research. “They also may have implications for our ability to successfully assimilate and integrate immigrants. Yet there has been almost no national debate about bringing in so many people legally each year, which is the primary factor driving these numbers.” Those numbers are likely to shake up Washington’s political debate over the 12 million illegals in America, the expected 70,000 expected to pour over the border this year and the 4.4 million legal immigrants on a State Department waiting list who have relatives or jobs in the U.S. A key senator steering the immigration debate, Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions, has warned that higher numbers of immigrants will hurt the middle class. In a letter to the New York Times Saturday, he wrote, “It defies reason to argue that the record admission of new foreign workers has no negative effect on the wages of American workers, including the wages of past immigrants hoping to climb into the middle class. Why would many of the largest business groups in the United States spend millions lobbying for the admission of more foreign workers if such policies did not cut labor costs?”

This is a followup to our earlier post (scroll down about 5 articles) regarding the out-of-control population growth we’re experiencing as a result of the immigration invasion we’ve been dealing with the last 20 years give/take.  And, that explosion has gone up exponentially the last 6+ years under this lawless President who has actively been undermining our already pathetically weak immigration laws.  Not only do we need to seal our border, but we need to stop ALL immigration until two things happen:  #1) We get control of our borders and the illegal immigration problem..  and #2) Those that have immigrated legally the last 30+ years have had a chance to assimilate into our country.  From the 1930s til the mid 1960s there was virtually NO immigration into America because those who came in the aftermath of our World Wars, were being assimilated.  That was a VERY wise policy move, and it’s way past time we did the same again.  Our country, and out infrastructure, simply cannot handle this massive tsunami of immigration (both legal AND illegal).  It’s crushing us as a nation.  Soo.. It is imperative that we stop ALL immigration til further notice..and yes, we need to BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!!….and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border so that illegals are unable to set one foot on U.S. soil.  Those troops need to remain there until that wall/fence is built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)….however long that takes.  This is absolutely critical!  Simultaneously, ICE and other federal law enforcement agencies need to be deporting illegal aliens here in America by the tens, and probably hundreds, of thousands…paying particular attention to known gang members and already convicted “criminal aliens.”  To do anything less, is simply irresponsible.

White US children will be minorities by 2020 after immigrant ‘baby boom’, Census reveals

White children will be outnumbered by minority kids in the United States in just five years, new Census Bureau projections reveal. This is the result of an ongoing trend of declining birth among white Americans and a baby boom among immigrant groups, as well as a surge in immigration. By the year 2020, 50.2percent of all children in the US are expected to be non-white, according to the Census. By 2044, whites will be outnumbered by minorities. The Census study, released this week, predicts that by year 2060, nearly 20percent of the population will be foreign born – thanks to an influx of 64million new immigrants. The populations of Hispanics in the US will rise 114percent – from 55million in 2014 to 63.6million in 2060 – making up about 29percent of the population.