See the 16 states with immigrant populations over 15%

See the 16 states with immigrant populations over 15%
King of the hill. (Detail of CIS graphic)

One thing the CIS analysis doesn’t tell us is what the immigrant percentages looked like 100 years ago, or 150.  But the comparison it does here — between 1970, 2000, and 2015 — is sobering.

The increase in America’s immigrant population is, objectively, huge.  In 1970, immigrants represented 6.6% of the U.S. population.  In 2015, they represented 18.9%.  With the best will in the world to welcome immigrants — and I favor liberal immigration policies, and always have — the questions CIS poses are legitimate (e.g., what number of immigrants can be reasonably assimilated?).

There were no U.S. states in 1970 with immigrant populations representing 15% or more of the total state population.  In 2015, there were 16 of them.  There were six states with immigrant populations of 25% or more — including California, with a whopping 37%.

(H/t: Washington Examiner)

(Graphic: Center for Immigration Studies)
(Graphic: Center for Immigration Studies)
J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.


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