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Old 04-18-2010, 02:37 AM
 
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And rural states too? Something my friends and I talk about from time to time without ever coming up with a satisfactory answer.

Our basic argument is that the US is a huge country. However, most immigrants settle in a few highly urban states, and most even settle in the urban areas of these states. Why given so many varied places to live do they choose the same one? Back in the day at least a few immigrants lit out for the territories, but now there's hardly any. Any ideas?
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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Not true.

Immigrants ( whether illegal or legal) go to where the jobs are.

In rural areas that have packing plants or poultry processing plants, there is a big Hispanic population.

The same is true for rural areas that have huge dairy farms.

Immigrants, unless very wealthy, need a job and go to areas that can offer them one based on their skills and based on the employers willingness to turn a blind eye on whether they are here legally or illegally.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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It's all about the jobs.

One of the most rural areas I've ever lived in had a relatively high proportion of Hispanic immigrants due to the farm work available.

But, there are more jobs available in cities, so that's why you'll find more immigrants there.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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They can't get around outside cities. Many are not able to afford cars or can't drive. Cities are better for them.
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Old 04-18-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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Don't know where you got that idea - there are plenty of immigrants (and not all of them Hispanic) in the small rural communities that I'm familiar with (and the one I live in). Some of them business owners, too.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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Guess you've never visited California's Central Valley. Rural as can be and home of Chavez the grape organizer.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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Not true.

Immigrants ( whether illegal or legal) go to where the jobs are.

In rural areas that have packing plants or poultry processing plants, there is a big Hispanic population.

The same is true for rural areas that have huge dairy farms.

Immigrants, unless very wealthy, need a job and go to areas that can offer them one based on their skills and based on the employers willingness to turn a blind eye on whether they are here legally or illegally.

I agree with everything but why would they turn a blind eye if they are legal?
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:08 PM
 
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I agree with everything but why would they turn a blind eye if they are legal?
I worded that wrong.
I meant to say they aren't that concerned if you are here illegally.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:48 PM
 
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I think that besides jobs, another important factor of why immigrants go to any particular place is family already living there.

I live in a remote, as-unurban-as-you-can-be area and we have a high (and rapidly increasing) immigrant population. They typically have jobs in the restaurant/tourism sector and relatives already living here.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:48 PM
 
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Housing also plays a part in in. If you live in an urban area with an absentee landlord, you can pile in as many people as you like. If you are in a rural, small-town area, the landlord is a local who is not going to risk neighbors reporting the house to city officials. I'm just taking a stab at it here.
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