October 16, 2006, - 3:15 pm

Illegal Aliens Cause More Traffic, Longer Commutes

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:

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Illegal Aliens = Congestion, Longer Commutes, Etc.

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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6 Responses

“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”…if this is correct, then immigrants impose significantly less load per capita on the road system than do native-born workers.

photoncourier.blogspot.com on October 16, 2006 at 5:50 pm

Noew Bush wants a Guesat Workers Permit? Holy shit!

KOAJaps on October 16, 2006 at 5:56 pm

What “phartoncourier” grossly overlooks is the fact that illegal aliens cause far more accidents, and, in some cases, fatalities due to no driving experience, unfamiliarity with America’s roads and rules, and let’s not forget: DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED! The number of aliens arrested for DUI makes even the homegrown drunks seem tame, not to mention none of them have any insurance which drives up the premiums for all of us who have to cover the losses they incur. Furthermore, seeing that they are here illegally and cannot get a driver’s license, they can’t register their cars nor insure them anyhow.
It’s a serious problem faced by law enforcement every day. The unfortunate part is that we, the “native-born” folks have to bear the burden.
So, “pharton”, greta job with the math but you still failed the test.

Gunny on October 16, 2006 at 7:21 pm

Gunny…”immigrant” and “illegal immigrant” are not the same thing.
IT’S QUITE OBVIOUS THAT MOST OF THESE ARE ILLEGALS. THE STATISTICS BEAR THAT OUT. AND SO DO REPORTS LIKE THIS:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2006/04/car_accidents_t.html
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

photoncourier.blogspot.com on October 16, 2006 at 10:08 pm

They also cause higher insurance premiums because so many of them are driving illegally and thus with no insurance.

PJ on October 16, 2006 at 10:46 pm

I live in AZ and we deal with illegals driving to work all the time. We can tell who the illegals are usually. They’re the ones driving 5 miles an hour UNDER the speed limit in cars that couldn’t possibly have met our pollution laws. You can also tell by how they pull in front of you at the last minute. Whether this is cultural or attempt to get rich quick is unknown. I do know it’s very aggravating because under AZ law, if you rear end them you are at fault no matter what.

Buick_Guy on October 17, 2006 at 7:28 pm

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