New report: Immigrant population surges to nearly 20 percent of Americans

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows the number of immigrants and their American-born children has risen to over 60 million, roughly one-fifth of the US population, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

Since 2000, the country’s immigration population has grown by 8 million, with the majority being from Mexico and Latin America.

The total immigrant population is 43 million. The figure jumps to over 60 million immigrants’ US-born children are factored in. The report, which relies on statistics from the US Census Bureau, does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.

Major findings from the CIS report include:

  • Mexico is the top-sending country of immigrants, which includes both legal and illegal entries. A total of 11 million immigrants arrived from Mexico between 2010 and 2016, accounting for 1-in-8 arrivals.
  • Texas, with 587, 889 arrivals, was found to have the largest numerical increase in the number of immigrants, followed by Florida (578,468), California (527,234), New York (238,503), and New Jersey (New Jersey).
  • The current number of immigrants in the US is the highest number in 106 years. As recently as 1980, only 1-in-16 residents was foreign-born.

These findings are prompting concern from observers who worry about the long-term economic, cultural, and social effects of such massive immigration.

The report is especially significant in light of news that the federal government will give 2 million work permits this year to foreign-born residents who entered the country illegally or who have a tentative immigration status, as reported by the Washington Times.

The statistics were made public due to President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, which seeks to provide greater transparency for America’s national immigration system.

Foreign nationals who entered the country illegally are using employment authorization documents (EADs) issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

These permits are given to a wide range of migrants, including asylum seekers, refugees, certain foreign students, and even beneficiaries of DACA. Nearly 90 percent of EADs are discretionary, meaning government officials have to authority to revoke them if they choose.

In the first 10 months of fiscal year 2017, approximately 160,000 EADs have been issued per month. This adds up to almost 2 million for the entire year. These figures include both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Surprisingly, the nearly 1.7 foreign-born workers that have already been added to the job market are equivalent to 25 percent of the unemployment rate in September.

“The fact that more than a million and a half work permits were issued to people outside of the regular legal immigration and guest-worker programs is alarming, and cannot help but have an impact on U.S. workers,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director for CIS.”

The largest group of EADS–nearly a fourth–were given to illegal immigrants covered by the Obama-era DACA program. Another 17 percent were issued to asylum seekers.

President Trump last month announced the phasing out of DACA. He has called on Congress to come up with a solution for illegal immigrants brought into the country as minors.

Trump also backs the RAISE ACT, a bill sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) which would cut legal immigration by half, place a 50,000 yearly refugee cap, end the visa diversity lottery, and stop chain migration.


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