More than half of the nation’s immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that’s far higher than the native-born population’s, according to a report to be released Wednesday.

About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30% for native-led households, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration.

Those numbers increase for households with children, with 76% of immigrant-led households receiving welfare, compared to 52% for the native-born.

700 out of every 1,000 UN refugees are resettled in USA… 

The United States takes the “lion’s share” of U.N.-referred refugees accepted for permanent resettlement, Al Sudani said. According to U.N. data, between 2010 and 2014, the U.S. alone resettled 71 percent of all refugees.

Out of every 1,000 resettled U.N. refugees, more than 700 come to America. Though all 50 states accept some refugees, 75 of those 700 find their way to Texas, according to U.S. State Department numbers. And more of those will come to the Houston area than to anywhere else in Texas: The state health services department reports that nearly 40 percent of Texas’ refugees land in Harris County.

This means that Harris County alone welcomes about 30 of every 1,000 refugees that the U.N. resettles anywhere in the world — more than any other American city, and more than most other nations. If Houston were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for refugee resettlement.

North Dakota school christens new facility for non-English speakers…

Legacy High School students no longer fill the halls of Hughes Educational Center, but that doesn’t mean the facility is empty.

Hughes, which contains classroom space next to Bismarck Public Schools’ administration offices, now houses a new English language learner program for the district’s youngest students.

Thirteen youngsters speaking at least three native languages started the school year there Thursday. They’re split between two classrooms — one for kindergarteners and first-graders and another for kids in grades 2-5.

The students will attend the ELL Welcome Center at Hughes for no more than a year. When a child has reached a sufficient proficiency level, the student will transfer to his or her designated school.

“We want to get them back with their English-speaking peers as fast as we can,” said Michele Svihovec, ELL director for the school district and principal at Centennial Elementary School.

1 in 4 in Houston born in foreign country…

BY NOW, EVERY HOUSTONIAN within arm’s reach of a radio or TV remote has heard the news: Ours is the most diverse city in the nation, surpassing even the Big Apple itself as the new melting pot of modern-day America.

But here’s something you might not have heard: A recent report from the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy’s Migration Policy Institute (try saying thatone time fast) noted with pride that Houston’s immigrant population had grown at nearly twice the national rate since 2000.  Whereas the rest of the country saw an increase of 33 percent, Houston’s own immigrant population grew by a staggering 59 percent. As of 2013, the year the report was written, nearly one in four Houstonians had been born abroad—1.4 million souls on 1.4 million paths, all converging on a city with arms as wide as the Gulf of Mexico.

Pope to say DC Mass in Spanish in bow to ‘Hispanic population’…

WASHINGTON —  When Pope Francis celebrates a canonization Mass for a Spanish-Americanmissionary in Washington this month, he will do so in a language that the new saint, Junípero Serra, would recognize: Spanish.

There’s a number of reasons for that, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington who will be hosting the pope on the Washington leg of his three-city U.S. visit later this month.

First, Spanish is the pope’s mother tongue; he was born in Argentina.

“But it’s also a recognition of how large the Hispanic population in the United States is,” Wuerl said. “And also because he is canonizing a Spanish speaker. And he’s coming as the first pope from the New World, and the language, the predominant language of the Western Hemisphere, is Spanish.”

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