Craig Bannister, MRC TV, January 4, 2016
The U.S. immigrant population is projected to increase by 715% from its 1970 level–hitting 78.2 million by 2060, Census data show. In the previous 50 years, the immigrant population in the U.S. actually fell from 13.9 million to 9.6 million, even as the nation’s total population roughly doubled.
Today, the foreign-born population is already at an all-time high of 42.4 million. Measured as a percentage of total national population, it is set to soon surpass the highest levels ever recorded and continue rising to new unseen records every year and decade to follow.
Produced by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest using Census data, the chart below details the growth in U.S. immigrant population since 1880 and Census projections through 2060.