Immigration has been in boom times as of late. This significant rise in foreign-born persons in the US has risen drastically in the last 16 years.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are now more than 45 million immigrants, both legal and illegal, in the country, the most at any time in American history. The addition of minor children and it shoots up to 60 million.
Other numbers from the CIS study are equally troubling:
- One out of eight people in the United States, representing 13.5 percent of the population, was born elsewhere.
- The addition of 16 million immigrant minor children that were born in the US means that one out of five, or 20 percent, of all persons in the US resides in an immigrant home.
- Muslim immigrants number 2.8 million, up from just 840,000 in 1990.
- The immigrant population is set to double by 2060.
- North Dakota saw a 48 percent increase in immigrants, West Virginia 41 percent, and South Dakota 39 percent in just six years.
- The states with the largest numerical increases in the number of immigrants from 2010 to 2016 were Texas (up 587,889), Florida (up 578,468), California (up 527,234), New York (up 238,503), New Jersey (up 171,504), Massachusetts (up 140,318), Washington (up 134,132), Pennsylvania (up 131,845), Virginia (up 120,050), Maryland (up 118,175), Georgia (up 95,353), Nevada (up 78,341), Arizona (up 78,220), Michigan (up 74,532), Minnesota (up 73,953), and North Carolina (up 70,501).
Steven Camarota, CIS’s director of research and co-author of the report, said, ‘The enormous number of immigrants already in the country coupled with the settlement of well over a million newcomers each year has a profound impact on American society, including on workers, schools, infrastructure, hospitals and the environment. The nation needs a serious debate about whether continuing this level of immigration makes sense.”