Immigration Hits All-Time High

About 1 in 8 Americans started out elsewhere, says anti-immigrant group
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 12:18 PM CST

(Newser) – One out of every 8 US residents is an immigrant following seven years in which a record 10.3 million newcomers crossed US borders. But more than half of those were illegals, according to an anti-immigration group's census analysis. Critics were skeptical of the study’s conclusions—which focused on the burden immigrants pose to society—but not its data.

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Roughly one third of immigrants receive public assistance, the study finds, and 30% are uninsured—compared with 13% among the native-born population. But, “This is a one-eyed portrait,” one demographer told the New York Times, because it neglects immigrant contributions, like paying taxes or performing undesirable jobs. (Read more immigrant stories.)

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