The U.S. foreign-born population reached a record 44.4 million in 2017. Since 1965, when U.S. immigration laws replaced a national quota system, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. has more than quadrupled. Immigrants today account for 13.6% of the U.S. population, nearly triple the share (4.7%) in 1970.
Mexico is the top origin country of the U.S. immigrant population. In 2017, 11.2 million immigrants living in the U.S. were from there, accounting for 25% of all U.S. immigrants. The next largest origin groups were those from China (6%), India (6%), the Philippines (5%) and El Salvador (3%).
By region of birth, immigrants from South and East Asia combined accounted for 27% of all immigrants, close to the share of immigrants from Mexico (25%). Other regions make up smaller shares: Europe/Canada (13%), the Caribbean (10%), Central America (8%), South America (7%), the Middle East (4%) and sub-Saharan Africa (4%).
More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2017, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was India, with 126,000 people, followed by Mexico (124,000), China (121,000) and Cuba (41,000).
Looking forward, immigrants and their descendants are projected to account for 88% of U.S. population growth through 2065
, assuming current immigration trends continue. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2 ... mmigrants/
That's a tectonic shift in demographics and the numbers from pew are extremely conservative.
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Amy Wax, J.D., is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has published widely in law reviews and journals of opinion. She is the author of Race, Wrongs, and Remedies