Foreign-Born Population Keeps Rising: Immigration Trumps Critical Need for U.S. Population Reduction
Census projections proclaim that, with Americans’ fertility falling and deaths soon to begin rising, immigration – not natural increase – will become the principal driver of U.S. population growth by the early 2030s.
That transition in our population dynamics may come even sooner, barring serious reductions in U.S. immigration intake. A September 2014 Census release shows that, despite some slowing growth attributed to the 2008 recession and aftermath, the nation’s foreign-born population reached 41.3 million in 2013. This represents a net increase of 10.2 million since 2000 after subtracting emigration and deaths of the foreign-born.
The 41.3 million figure would include legal and illegal immigrants and nearly 2.0 million foreign-born sojourners living in the country under the increasing number of long-term temporary visa, parole and deferred deportation arrangements – such as students, temporary workers of all skill levels, investors, treaty traders, journalists, international civil servants, and special protected classes of aliens.
Curiously, the U.N. Population Division calculates the U.S. migrant population in 2013 at 45.8 million – which is 11 percent higher than Census’ count. The U.N. estimates show both the U.S. foreign-born and total populations about 4.5 million larger in 2013 than does the customarily more conservative Census Bureau. The variance raises a troubling question: does the U.N. accept higher estimates of the illegal alien population, shared by many Americans but rejected by the Census Bureau?
Center for Immigration Studies, U.S. Immigrant Population Record 41.3 million in 2013, September 2014
United Nation, ESA, Population Division, Press Release, Sept. 11, 2013: 232 Million Migrants Living Abroad Worldwide.
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