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Report: Foreign-Born Population To Hit 100-Year High

| by Ray Brown

A think tank critical of information said the percentage of foreign-born people living in the U.S. will break a 100-year-old record in the next six years, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The percentage of immigrants, legal and illegal, is at 13.5 percent, but will "hit 15 percent in just six years and that will surpass the all time high in the United States reached in 1890," said Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, according to the Washington Examiner.

Camarota added that if unchecked, "the share is projected to increase throughout much of this century."

The announcement came during a conference the CIS held to discuss its findings about the impact of immigration trends on public schools.

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The think tank, whose slogan is, "Low-immigration, Pro-immigrant," notes on its website that growing immigrant enclaves will make it increasingly difficult for immigrant children to assimilate into white, English-speaking American culture and put future burdens on the country's public school systems:

The number of children from immigrant households in schools is now so high in some areas that it raises profound questions about assimilation. What's more, immigration has added enormously to the number of public school students who are in poverty and the number who speak a foreign language. This cannot help but to create significant challenges for schools, often in areas already struggling to educate students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Although the CIS decries a growing percentage of legal and undocumented immigrants in the U.S., the Pew Research Center found that the number of undocumented immigrants has not grown since 2009. Rather, it has remained steady since 2009, soon after the 2008 recession that decimated the nation's economy.

However, the Pew Research Center also found that even though illegal immigration does not appear to be on the rise, the foreign-born population, along with their children, will account for 36 percent of the U.S. population by 2065. That percentage today is 26 percent, which is up from 18 percent in 1965.

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Over the next 50 years, Pew Research found, the U.S. immigrant population of 45 million is projected to grow to a record 78 million.

For people like Camarota, more people from different cultures is alarming.

"In a very real sense, America is headed into unchartered territory on immigration, the share who are immigrants who are foreign born will be at a level we have never seen," he said, according to the Washington Examiner. 

Sources: Washington Examiner, Pew Research Center (2), Center for Immigration Studies / Photo Credit: World Press Institute

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