Census: 63% of Illegal Immigrants on Welfare Over 60% of Legal Hispanics As Well

Vincent James of The Red Elephants

Immigration to the United States

The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding such issues as maintaining ethnic homogeneity, workers for employers versus jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility, crime, and voting behavior.

Prior to 1965, policies such as the national origins formula limited immigration and naturalization opportunities for people from areas outside Western Europe. Exclusion laws enacted as early as the 1880s generally prohibited or severely restricted immigration from Asia, and quota laws enacted in the 1920s curtailed Eastern European immigration. The civil rights movement led to the replacement of these ethnic quotas with per-country limits. Since then, the number of first-generation immigrants living in the United States has quadrupled.

Place of birth for the foreign-born population in the United States
Top ten countries 2015 2010 2000 1990
Mexico 11,643,298 11,711,103 9,177,487 4,298,014
China 2,676,697 2,166,526 1,518,652 921,070
India 2,389,639 1,780,322 1,022,552 450,406
Philippines 1,982,369 1,777,588 1,369,070 912,674
El Salvador 1,352,357 1,214,049 817,336 465,433
Vietnam 1,300,515 1,240,542 988,174 543,262
Cuba 1,210,674 1,104,679 872,716 736,971
Dominican Republic 1,063,239 879,187 687,677 347,858
South Korea 1,060,019 1,100,422 864,125 568,397
Guatemala 927,593 830,824 480,665 225,739
All of Latin America 21,224,087 16,086,974 8,407,837
All Immigrants 43,289,646 39,955,854 31,107,889 19,767,316

Source: 1990, 2000 and 2010 decennial Census and 2015 American Community Survey.

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