Foreign-Born Now 13 Percent Of U.S. Population

Foreigners now make up 13% of the US population according to the US Census Bureau.  The Los Angeles Times say 13%  or 40 million persons out of about 300 million, is the largest number of foreign born since 1920. Not surprisingly, the largest cohort of foreigners are Mexicans and Latin Americans.  

 “The Foreign Born Population in the United States: 2010” does not divulge how many of the foreign born are illegal aliens, but it does show what most people would suspect: Mexicans are the largest group of foreign born.

“The foreign-born population from Latin America was the largest region-of-birth group, accounting for over half (53 percent) of all foreign born (Table 2),” the report said.  New American

And by comaprison, 28%  the foreign born were born in Asia, while 12% come from Europe, 4 percent in Africa, 2 percent in northern North America (i.e., Canada), and less than 1 percent in Oceania [Australia and nearby islands in the South Pacific]. Among the 21.2 million foreign born from Latin America, 11.7 million, or over half (55 percent), were born in Mexico. Of the total foreign-born population, 29 percent were born in Mexico.

As well, the data show that the United States has undergone a veritable invasion of foreigners, again, mostly from Mexico, in the past two decades. “Over half of the foreign born came to live in the United States since 1990, with about one-third entering the country in 2000 or later,” the report saidNew American

But more than half of foreigners in the United States live in California, New York, Texas, and Florida, the report said, with California the home of 25%.  Seventy-four percent of foreigners live in 10 states, while the other 40 states each contain less than 2 percent or less.  Foreign women boast higher fertility rates than native-born Americans. “About 70 of every 1,000 foreign-born women aged 15 to 50 had given birth in the 12 months prior to being surveyed, compared with about 52 of every 1,000 native women aged 15 to 50.

About 85 of every 1,000 foreign-born women aged 15 to 50 from Mexico had given birth during the 12 months prior to being surveyed.

Foreign-born women have a lower rate of single parenthood, however. About 39 percent of native women who had given birth in the past 12 months were unmarried, compared with only 25 percent of foreign-born women. 


In 2010, about 44% became legal citizens.  As expected, foreigners from Europe and Asia boasted the highest percentage of naturalized citizens: 62 and 58 percent. Latin Americans had the lowest percentage of naturalized citizens at 32 percent.  About one-fourth of the foreign born from Mexico were naturalized citizens.  Foreign men and women not only give birth to fewer children out of wedlock than native women but also seem to have more respect for the marriage sacrament.

The report also found foreigners aren’t adept at learning fluent English.  The data also showed that Europeans, Africans and Oceanians are more likely to speak English at home than Latin Americans and Asians. Ten percent of foreigners do not speak English. 

The cost of supporting foreigners:

This includes how much illegals cost taxpayers who receive welfare benefits, health care, public schooling or imprisonment.  But FAIR estimated the cost of illegals to the United States at more than $114 billion in 2010. The federal government picks up about $29 billion, leaving just more than $84 billion to the states. 

California, for instance, is home to 25 percent of all the foreigners in the United States; they are 27 percent of the state’s population. Illegals cost California nearly $22 billion.

Nearly 30 percent of foreigners live in Texas (10.4 percent), New York (10.8 percent) and Florida (9.2 percent). Together those states spend about $24 billion on illegals: $8.9 billion in Texas, $9.5 billion in New York and $5.5 billion in Florida.

New American

New Jersey, where foreigners are 21 percent of the population, spends $3.5 billion on illegals, FAIR reported.  With the lowest number of foreigners in its population at just more than 1 percent, West Virginia spends the least of any state on illegal aliens: $31 million.


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