Study: Immigration Bill Boosts Foreign-Borns to Record Share of U.S. Population by 2020

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 23, 2013 | 11:05 PM EDT

The foreign-born share of the U.S. population will hit a record 15 percent by 2020 if the immigration bill S.744 becomes law, analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) shows.

The 15 percent share of foreign-borns (legal and illegal) will break the current all-time high set in 1890, when 14.8 percent of the population was born outside the U.S. By 2033, CIS projects the foreign-born share of the population to hit 17% - one out of six - if the immigration bill becomes law.

By 2020, the foreign-born population of 51.2 million will be 6.3 million higher than it would be if S.744 does not become law. By 2023, there will be 9.3 million more foreign-borns (55.9 million) with S.744 that without it.

By 2033, the foreign-born population will hit 65.2 million - 12.5 million higher than without S.744.

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