Lake JohnsonSo, I’m walking around Shelley Lake in North Raleigh and coming toward me down a hill at breakneck speed is a kid, maybe 9 or 10 years old, on a micro scooter. Coming up behind me is a slow-moving jogger, probably in his mid-to-late 70s, who shuffles and hobbles more than he actually jogs, but both the shuffle and the hobble have spunk. This is what the two had to say as they went by me — the younger one with a daredevil shout and a whoosh, the older one with a grin and a nod.

The kid: “I’m gonna diiiiiiiiie!”

The man: “He’s having a blast.”

“Up for Grabs”

         The future of immigrant kids

Source: "Up for Grabs" report, Migration Policy Institute

A fourth of all young adults in the United States, an estimated 11.3 million people, are either immigrants or the children of immigrants. They represent a diverse group of people from all over the globe. Some are rich, some poor, some educated, some not. What binds them is their newness to the United States and an age range — 16 to 26 — that’s particularly pertinent to colleges and universities. A report called Up for Grabs  by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute slices and dices the numbers to find out who the 11.3 million are and what the U.S. education system can do to help them finish college and get well-paying jobs. Here are a few statistics: 6.5 million were born in the United States.; 4.8 million were born abroad; more than half are Hispanic; 7.1 million are bilingual; 3 million are limited English proficient; nearlly half live in three states — California, Texas and New York; and 90 percent live in 22 states.