Immigration Accounted for More than Half of Population Increase 2000-2010

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Over the past decade, the population of the United States rose by 27.3 million. The 2010 Census found that 13.9 million of the nearly 40 million foreign-born residents had arrived since 2000. That identifies new immigration – both legal and illegal – as amounting to more than half of the nation’s population increase over the decade. However, the immigrant population overall has increased during the same period by a lower amount – 9.05 million – because many of earlier immigrants have either died or left voluntarily or involuntarily.

In addition to that direct effect of immigration on population increase, immigration also adds to the population through the birth to immigrant mothers. The immigrant mothers have about twice as large a share of births as their share of the overall population, which implies that they accounted for about 9.6 million births over the decade. That indirect effect of immigration when added to the net increase in the immigrant population means that over the past decade immigration accounted for more than two-thirds (68.3%) of the nation’s population increase.

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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 FASTEST GROWING SEGMENT OF OUR POPULATION IS ALSO MEXICO’S BIGGEST EXPORT…. the common criminal!

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/12/la-raza-beheadings-14-year-old-mexican.html

    FOURTEEN YEAR OLD MEXICAN BOY BEHEADS FOUR NARCOMEX RIVALS –
    Youth sought in Mexico killings arrested

    Edgar Jimenez Lugo, who authorities said was born in San Diego, was wanted on suspicion of killing rivals — allegedly beheading some — as part of his work for a violent drug-trafficking cartel.
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    December 03, 2010|By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times

    Reporting from Mexico City — A 14-year-old boy who says he’s been killing or working for drug cartels since he was 11 has been captured by the Mexican army after a monthlong hunt, authorities said Friday.