In the second quarter of this year, the immigrant population in the United States has hit a record high of 42.1 million. This information according to the monthly Census Bureau data by the Center for Immigration Studies was released on Thursday. 13.3 percent of the nation’s total population is comprised of immigrants. It has reached the highest level in the nation in 105 years.
Steven Camarota, the co-author of the report and the center’s director of research, said in a statement that “Illegal immigration came up in the presidential debates, but there has been little discussion of the level of immigration; this at a time when total immigration is surging according to the latest data.”
On the presidential campaign trail, immigration has definitely become a heated issue. Republicans are offering pointed criticism of the nation’s acceptance of undocumented immigrants. Despite the fact that much of the discussion has surrounded immigrants from Mexico, the vast number of migration from Mexico has dropped 17.7 percent from 2010 through 2013, this data according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The number of immigrants arriving from Asia now roughly equals the number from other countries in North, South, and Central America.
Immigrant populations have increasingly moved beyond traditional high-density coastal cities like New York City and Los Angeles, with the highest immigrant population growth coming in heartland cities and the South. Pittsburgh ranks first for the pace of growth, with a 17.4 percent jump in its foreign population from 2010 to 2013, four times the national rate.