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The Immigration Numbers Are in—With a Big Surprise

The Census Bureau released data from the Brookings Institution
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2019 3:30 PM CDT
Three migrants who had managed to evade National Guard and cross the Rio Grande onto U.S. territory wait for Border Patrol along a wall set back from the geographical border, in El Paso, Texas, as seen...   (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

(Newser) – New immigration data includes one no-brainer—that immigration influx is down—and one possible surprise about where immigrants are choosing to live, City Lab reports. Released by the Census Bureau and gathered by a Brookings Institution demographer, the analysis says America's immigrant population grew by only 200,000 from 2017 to 2018, the lowest boost since 2010. From 2013 to 2014, for example, the foreign-born population had spiked by over a million. Experts say much of the decline can be linked to President Trump's policies and the tone of his presidency, per the New York Times last month. For more:

  • The country's foreign-born population is still at a historic high of nearly 45 million. That's 13.7% of the US population, second only to the 14.7% record in 1910, an era of high immigration.

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