October 16, 2006, - 3:15 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Tired of longer commutes, more traffic, more spent on gas and higher taxes for road repairs?
Well, these are yet more things for which you can blame the growing illegal alien problem.
Today’s USA Today reports on a new study that says a growing immigrant population is one of the two biggest demographic factors shaping Americans’ commuting habits.
Released today, “Commuting in America III”–an analysis of Census data from 1990-2004 by transportation expert Alan Pisarski, finds that immigrants are affecting traffic patterns. According to the study:
More than 80% of immigrants who arrived between 1995 and 2000 were between 16 and 64. Most quickly joined the workforce, swelling the ranks of commuters, the report says.
Immigrants represent only about 14% of the nation’s labor force but make up 20% of two-person carpools and more than 40% of large carpools. Immigrants also increase the numbers of commuters using public transit and those who bicycle or walk to work.
“This is consistent with transit’s historical role of introducing immigrant workers into the workforce and the nation’s economic mainstream,” the report says.
The study, citing research by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University, also reports that congestion is rising not only in big cities and suburbs but smaller metropolitan areas.
Another finding: Extremely long commutes are increasing. In 1990, New York was the only state where more than 10% of workers traveled more than 60 minutes to work. In 2000, New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois earned that distinction.
Since we know that the many of these immigrants–perhaps even a majority–are illegal aliens (12-20 million in our midst illegally), it’s a logical conclusion that illegal aliens are a huge contributor to these problems: longer commutes, more congestion on the roadways, and more crowded public transit.
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