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  • Immigration is good for the United States ... it's important for us to keep our doors open, but we need to keep an eye on the people coming in, ... While initially it will be a state problem, eventually it will be a national issue, and education is the best way to deal with it.
    (William Frey)

  • Something like 72 percent of the nation's growth in the black population is taking place in the South. I think it has something to do with a cultural comfort zone. I think there is this long-term connection that African Americans feel with that region that they don't quite have with the other parts of the country.
    (William Frey)

  • I think low density is the attraction. People would rather make a long commute and have a big yard and a big house.
    (William Frey)

  • So a lot of suburban counties, a lot of exurban counties, that used to be all white are now getting new Hispanics and in some cases Asians and African Americans. And what this does is give much of America a first taste of what diversity is like.
    (William Frey)

  • If it takes a year or two, there will be significant resettling back in New Orleans, ... then people sort of get on with their lives.
    (William Frey)


  • These are two major waves in America. One is the black return to the South. The other is Hispanics going to places where everybody else is moving, following the jobs.
    (William Frey)

  • What you've got here is a mass movement of a whole city that is going to take a long time to revive in any kind of way, especially for a large part of the residential population. Whether they come back, nobody really knows. This is a totally new situation.
    (William Frey)

  • In the new destination states, it's a small share of the population, but it's growing fast. Immigrants coming in to these states tend to be lower income, more likely to be in low-skill, blue-collar jobs, and tend to be more likely to be undocumented (illegal) than the ones in the traditional magnet states. It's no wonder there's a public reaction to the new immigrants coming in these new destination states.
    (William Frey)

  • The 300 millionth will be a Mexican Latino in Los Angeles County, with parents who speak Spanish at home and with siblings who are bilingual.
    (William Frey)

  • Young people that might have stayed or might have come from other places are now going to move somewhere else.
    (William Frey)

  • You're the first kid on the block when you come into some of these neighborhoods and it's not always easy. There will have to be a little bit of accommodation from both the newcomers and the people already there.
    (William Frey)

  • Certainly, it (New Orleans) will be more of a Hispanic city than before. The real issue is how well immigrants will be integrated into the community.
    (William Frey)

  • This is really the first wave of black seniors who got established into the middle class. This is the first wave of black baby boomers who are starting to get into active adult age ... who were able to benefit from civil rights legislation and were able to get in to the middle class.
    (William Frey)

  • The people there are now getting a taste of diversity, firsthand.
    (William Frey)

  • There's a middle-class flight on both sides of the country.
    (William Frey)


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