Robert Sarvis on Immigration
"RT," if you're wondering, means retweet. That cleared up, we didn't know that the nation's population growth had reached an 80-year low.
So we decided to look at data from Sarvis' primary source: the US. Census Bureau. We found mid-year population estimates dating back to 1900. Population growth hovered between 1% and 2% until 1931 when, in the Great Depression, it dropped to 0.78%. It bottomed at 0.59% in July 1933.
US population growth is closely tied to the economy. During bad times, couples delay having children. In 2012, only 12.6% of U.S. women aged 15-44 had children. That's the lowest birth rate in records dating back to 1940. Immigration has slowed since the start of this century, too.
Our ruling: The figures back up Sarvis and we rate his statement True.
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Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
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