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.
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.)