But wait! Doesn’t diversity bring strength—or at least that is the refrain we hear continuously from Open Borders advocates.
Here is a short article in the Washington Examiner this week about Montgomery County, Maryland, the most “welcoming” county in the state, and how it is trying to cope with its poverty pockets of “diversity.”
Now what Montgomery County is “welcoming” is more state income to handle the immigrant influx the county encouraged over the past decade.
Montgomery County officials say they welcome an increase in state funding this year but question whether the relatively modest growth will keep pace with growing pockets of diversity and impoverishment in the wealthy Washington suburb.
“As our population has shifted, we are running into higher educational expenses,” said state Sen. Karen Montgomery, D-Silver Spring. “We are trying to do the right thing. We have large areas where people don’t seem to understand the extent of poverty there.
With more than $8 in every $10 in state aid devoted to local school systems, Montgomery lawmakers say that an increase in special-needs students certainly will boost the amount of dollars devoted to Montgomery from Annapolis.
School advocates point to the fact that since 2007, the poverty rate for children between 5 and 17 nearly doubled in the county to roughly 9 percent.
According to demographers, the radical shift from just a decade ago is tied to younger families with high birthrates — often immigrant populations dependent on low-income jobs battered by the recession.
For the first time in its history, Montgomery County is now majority-minority, as communities of Hispanic and Asian residents have filled neighborhoods formerly dominated by whites.
Readers who like numbers might want to visit the famous 2007 (even before the recession!) study by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation who concluded the gap between the cost to the taxpayer of each low-skilled immigrant family far exceeded any in-flow of benefits to the government. In other words each family is a net loss to the overall economy—but then one can see that clearly without even knowing the precise numbers.
Montgomery County, Maryland is the laboratory that proves the Rector model.
Also, see FAIR’s 2010 report on the cost to taxpayers of illegal immigration, here.