The immigrant population of the United States, including legal and undocumented residents, reached a record 43.7 million in 2016, with Mexico as the main source of the country’s new inhabitants, according to a report released today by the Center for Immigration Studies. CIS).
The conservative center’s analysis shows that one in eight US residents is an immigrant, “the highest percentage of the last 106 years.”
By comparison, in 1980, one in every 16 resident networks was an immigrant, according to a report by CIS analysts Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler.
Between 2010 and 2016, 8.1 million immigrants arrived in the United States, compared with about 300,000 who annually left the country and a similar number who died.
Including American children who are the children of immigrants, which amounts to 16.6 million with at least one father born outside the country, the total immigrant population in the United States in 2016 was 60.4 million people.
Mexico continues to be the country of origin with the largest number of residents in the United States, according to the CIS report, which is in favor of increased immigration control.
“Mexican immigrants (legal and illegal) were by far the largest population of the country born abroad in 2016,” said the analysis, which indicates that 1.1 million new immigrants arrived from Mexico between 2010 and 2016, equivalent to one in eight of the new arrivals.
In that period, the highest increases per country were India (654,202 new residents), China (550,022), Dominican Republic (206,134), El Salvador (172,973), Cuba (166,939), Philippines (164,077), Honduras , Vietnam (112,218), Venezuela (106,185) and Guatemala (104,883).
From 2010 to 2016, the five states with the highest immigrant increases were Texas (with 587,889 newcomers), Florida (578,468), California (527,234), New York (238,503) and New Jersey (171,504).
With 27.2% of immigrants, California is the state with the largest foreign population, followed by New York (23%), Florida (20.6%), New Jersey (22.5%) and Nevada (20% according to the report, which used census information to prepare it.