Report: Foreign-born population hits record high of 51.6 million, with 5 million coming to America in the last two years
· May 14, 2024 ·

51.6 million.

That is the latest number from the Center for Immigration Studies on how many American residents, legal and illegal, were foreign-born.

Since March 2022 the foreign-born population has increased 5.1 million, the largest two-year increase in American history. The foreign-born population has never grown this much this fast. Although many think of immigrants only as workers, less than half of those who arrived since 2022 are employed.

Barrack Obama wanted to fundamentally change America, and he did. But his successor, Joe Biden, is doing infinitely more damage to the cultural stability of the US than Obama could have dreamed of.

Since March of 2022, there are now 5.1 million MORE foreign-born individuals in the US. That means 3 out of every 20 people in America are immigrants, many of them illegal.

That's going to be tough to assimilate, assuming that's even the goal for many immigrants.

Among the findings:

  • In March 2024 the foreign-born population reached 51.6 million, 5.1 million more than in March 2022 — the largest two-year increase ever recorded in American History.
  • The 51.6 million foreign-born residents in March of this year were 15.6 percent of the total U.S. population, also record highs in American history.
  • Since President Biden took office in January 2021 the foreign-born population has increased by 6.6 million in just 39 months.
  • We have previously estimated that nearly 58 percent of the increase under President Biden is due to illegal immigration.
  • If present trends continue, the foreign-born population will reach 62.5 million in 2030 and 82.2 million by 2040 — larger than the current combined populations of 30 states plus the District of Columbia.

Can America continue to take in the entire world like this? Is there any way this is possibly sustainable?

Does anyone in DC care?

Then we have the finding related to the economy.

  • Many observers think of immigrants solely as workers, but only 46 percent of the foreign-born who arrived in 2022 or later were employed in the first part of 2024 — similar to the share of new arrivals employed during previous economic expansions.
  • As in any human population, many newly arrived immigrants are children, elderly, disabled, caregivers, or others with no ability to work or interest in doing so.
  • Only about 8 percent of the 2.5 million new arrivals who are not working say they are actively looking for work.
  • The dramatic recent increases in the size of the foreign-born population represent net growth. The number of new arrivals was much higher but was offset by outmigration and natural mortality among the foreign-born already here.
  • There also is some undercount in this data, so the actual number of foreign residents in the United States is larger.

This chart showing immigration under Biden vs. his predecessors is shocking.

The only major dip in immigration was under Trump. And he never got down to Obama levels, really.

This has been a problem for decades and will continue to be a problem for time to come.

CIS also demonstrates that the increase is coming worldwide, with Central and South America still leading the way, but other areas of the globe increasing as well.

Immigrants by Sending Region. Table 1 shows the foreign-born population by region in January 2021, the month President Biden took office, and each March from 2021 to 2024.9 Growth in the foreign-born population is being driven by immigrants from Latin America, whose number has grown by 4.2 million since January 2021, with South America up 1.5 million, Central America up 1.1 million, and the Caribbean up nearly 900,000. The number of Mexican immigrants grew by 735,000, all of which was in the last year. Immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent and Middle Eastern immigrants have also grown by 950,000 and 653,000, respectively. Government and non-government researchers have long found that roughly three-fourths of illegal immigrants come from Latin America.10 The recent increase in the foreign-born population from Latin America is an indication of the large role illegal immigration has played in the dramatic increase in the overall size of the foreign-born population since January 2021. While immigration from Latin America has clearly contributed disproportionately to the increase in the foreign-born, the number of immigrants from other regions has also increased substantially.

The fact that the numbers from Latin America are increasing helps to substantiate the fact that the increase is being driven by ILLEGAL immigration. Not from legal immigrants who are more likely to come from different continents than those to our south.

Here's part of the CIS conclusion. It's important historical context.

The current scale of immigration (legal and illegal) into the United States is without any precedent in the nation's history. In March 2024 the foreign-born population reached 51.6 million, 5.1 million more than in March 2022 — the largest two-year increase ever recorded in American History. Moreover, 15.6 percent of the U.S. population is now foreign-born — the largest share on record. The prior record was 14.8 percent, 134 years ago in 1890.

1890 and the surrounding years were HUGE years for immigration. We felt the effects of this time period in the US for DECADES to come. And we DECREASED immigration, legal and illegal, dramatically afterward so that we could integrate and assimilate the new population.

No one in power, left, right, or center, has any interest in pausing immigration. Especially not legal immigration.

This ladies and gents, is what we call a crisis.

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