Posted by: Ann Corcoran | October 6, 2011

US immigrant population at 40 million (and rising)

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).

From CIS:

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.



  1. I am not at all surprised by these numbers. When you have organizations inviting, enticing, and facilitating their immigration. Most of these organizations are 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations using the American people’s tax dollars to accomplish their goal (swelling the voting booths with people that will vote in their favor. Casa de Maryland (almost 5 mil in government contracts and contributions, The Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service (almost 30 Mil in gov. contracts and contributions,) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (almost 70 Mil. in gov. contracts and contributions.) AND, a government thats willing to make it all happen. Why would these people NOT want to come here. Afterall, we speak of our lousy economy and job picture, but remember, its a lot worse where they’re coming from than it is here, and, with these organizations teaching them how to apply for welfare, food stamps, low income housing, and file tax returns that insure they get any money that they claimed back, why not come here.
    It is not the fault of the immigrants who come here, it is the casa de maryland’s of the world and the power grabbing politicians who gain, to the detriment of our country, who are the real problem here.

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