The State of US Immigration

Emily Chow and Dan Keating, Washington Post, May 20, 2013

Founded by colonists, settlers and pioneers, the United States has always defined itself as a land of immigrants. But immigration has varied dramatically across decades. While immigrants in the 1920s were primarily of European origin, the country is now amid a historic wave of newcomers, with a growing percentage from Asia and Latin America.

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After World War II, immigration slowed. But a new boom of immigrants from Asia and Latin America began in the 1960s and has continued to grow. The percentage of immigrants is back up to the peak proportion seen in 1920. Another difference is that a slight majority of the current boom do not have citizenship.

These census figures do not indicate documented or undocumented immigration, and it is likely that undocumented immigrants are undercounted altogether in this data.

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[Editor’s Note: Visit the original article link below to view several interactive charts that document the changing face of US immigration.]

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