Census Bureau Releases 2012 Foreign-Born Population Estimates

Crowd of peopleThe U.S. Census Bureau this week released estimates of the 2012 foreign-born population for the country – 40,824,658 persons – and for the states. The record number of foreign-born residents represents 13 percent of the nation’s total population. That is up from 12.9 percent in the 2010 Census – demonstrating that nationwide the foreign-born population is rising faster than the native-born population.

In this updated estimate, some states lost both native-born population and foreign-born population while others were gaining. States that saw major jumps in foreign-born residents included Pennsylvania (up 31.6% vs. 5.0% for the native-born), South Carolina (up 24.5% vs. -3.6%), Wyoming (up 23.2% vs. 1.7%), New Hampshire (21.8% vs. 5.0%), and Utah (20.5% vs. 1.8%).

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    The Legal American Birthrate is Currently 1.7

    That means if it weren’t for recent/chronic immigration/overpopulation we would have been depopulating at an adequate pace in America, instead of our current worsening overpopulation state.