2000-2010 saw the largest growth in the rate of immigration in US history (all the while jobs have declined).
Here is the latest report on the numbers from Steve Camarota at the Center for Immigration Studies (I heard Mr. Camarota present his new findings at immigration meetings in Washington this past weekend).
New data from the Census Bureau show that the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal), also referred to as the foreign-born, reached 40 million in 2010, the highest number in American history. Nearly 14 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the country from 2000 to 2010, making it the highest decade of immigration in American history. This is the case even though there was a net decline of jobs during the decade. In contrast, from 1990 to 2000 job growth was 22 million and 13.2 million new immigrants arrived. Immigrants come for many reasons, such as a desire to join relatives or to access public services. As a result, immigration remains high even during a prolonged period of economic weakness.
For readers of Potomac Tea Party Report, note that three states (of our quad-state region) make it in the list of the top thirteen states for increased immigrant numbers.
States with the largest numerical increases over the last decade were: California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
Read it all, it is very interesting and informative.