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Monday, September 28, 2015

Pew projects 175 million immigrants to USA

CNN reports:
Asians are on pace to become the largest immigrant group in the the United States. ...

With one in five global immigrants living here, the United States holds the distinction of having the largest immigrant population in the world. It doesn't look like that's going to change.

In 1890, nearly 15% of the U.S. population was foreign-born. By 1965, that number fell to 5%. Today, about 14% of the country's population was born elsewhere. Come 2065, however, Pew projects that figure will hit a new high of nearly 18%.

Over the past 50 years, the total U.S. population has grown from 193 million to 324 million. New immigrants and their descendants accounted for 55% -- or 72 million -- of this growth.

But get this: By 2065, Pew projects that there will be 441 million people living in the United States, and 88% of that growth will be attributed to future immigrants and their offspring.
Here is the full report on PewHispanic.org.

As the report explains, American immigration law was dramatically changed in 1965 to promote Third World immigration. Before that, immigration was from Europe, and had peaked in the late 1800s when the USA was expanding west.

The 1965 law is essentially doubling the population of the USA with Hispanic and Asian immigrants and their children. Non-Hispanic whites have dropped from 84% to 62%, and will continue to drop to 46% and lower.

I think that Pew is underestimating the changes. It assumes that immigration will slow down, and that there will be no big influx of refugees. However, unless there are policy changes, immigration is likely to accelerate, and the USA could become mostly an Hispanic-Asian country.

On the other hand, the Pew study reports that most Americans are against all this immigration. If they elected officials with similar views, then we could have laws and policies that reduce immigration.

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