US foreign-born population hits record high

by ian


New data from the Center for Immigration Studies showed that the foreign-born population within the United States has hit a new record high.

In March of this year, that population sat at 51.6 million people – roughly 15.6% of the U.S. population. From 1970 to March of this year, the foreign-born population in the U.S. has tripled. Similarly, that population has nearly doubled since 1990 and increased 40% since  2000.

Perhaps the most remarkable part of this data connects to the Biden administration. Since March of 2022, that population has jumped by 5.1 million, the largest two-year increase recorded in American history. Since President Joe Biden assumed office, the foreign-born population has increased by 6.6 million in the United States.

These increases are remarkable because they reflect net changes in population – not just new arrivals. According to the report:

New immigrants add to the total foreign-born population but are offset by emigration and mortality among the existing immigrant population. All births to immigrants in the United States add only to the native-born population by definition. This means the number of new arrivals must be even higher for the foreign-born population to grow this much.

The data is being interpreted both positively and negatively, and there is credence to both arguments. But looking closer at the data, the common theme of illegal immigration tends to crop up rather quickly.

CIS estimates “that 58 percent of the increase in the total foreign-born population since President Biden took office was due to illegal immigration.” Under that estimation, the illegal immigrant population in the U.S. has increased by 3.8 million since Biden’s ascension to the Oval Office.

This is a result of the Biden administration’s immediate change in immigration policy.

CIS also recognizes that their reported number of illegal immigrants in the nation isn’t representative of the actual number, which is likely much higher.

The center also analyzed that current population growth in the United States is driven primarily by immigration – both legal and illegal. Should current trends continue, the data also shows that foreign-born individuals could comprise as much as 23% of the American population by 2040 – roughly at 82.2 million.

Some Americans – particularly Republicans, conservatives, and others on the right – rightfully highlight concerns raised by this data. One of the greatest concerns focuses on the erosion of assimilating into an American identity, something previously brought up by Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R) on the House floor.