Foreign-Born Now 13 Percent Of U.S. Population

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
05/14/2012
       
Foreign-Born Now 13 Percent Of U.S. Population

Foreigners are 13 percent of the population in the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week The Los Angeles Times reported that 13 percent, or 40 million persons out of about 300 million, is the largest number of foreign born since 1920. Not surprisingly, the largest cohort of foreigner are Mexicans and Latin Americans. 

Foreigners are 13 percent of the population in the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week.  The Los Angeles Times reported that 13 percent, or 40 million persons out of about 300 million, is the largest number of foreign born since 1920. Not surprisingly, the largest cohort of foreigners are Mexicans and Latin Americans.

Correlating a report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform to that of the Census Bureau shows that those states with the highest number of foreigners also spend the most on illegal aliens.

The Data
The Foreign Born Population in the United States: 2010” does not divulge how many of the foreign born are illegal aliens, but it does show what most people would suspect: Mexicans are the largest group of foreign born.

“The foreign-born population from Latin America was the largest region-of-birth group, accounting for over half (53 percent) of all foreign born (Table 2),” the report said.

By comparison, 28 percent of the foreign born were born in Asia, 12 percent in Europe, 4 percent in Africa, 2 percent in northern North America (i.e., Canada), and less than 1 percent in Oceania [Australia and nearby islands in the South Pacific]. Among the 21.2 million foreign born from Latin America, 11.7 million, or over half (55 percent), were born in Mexico. Of the total foreign-born population, 29 percent were born in Mexico.

As well, the data show that the United States has undergone a veritable invasion of foreigners, again, mostly from Mexico, in the past two decades. “Over half of the foreign born came to live in the United States since 1990, with about one-third entering the country in 2000 or later,” the report said.  

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