A fifth of the immigrant population of the entire world resides in the US, according to a newly-published study by the Pew Research Center. The study has revealed that over 40 million people, who currently live and work in the US, were born overseas, making it the world’s most immigrant-populated country. Large numbers of these immigrants hold US citizenship or green cards.
The number of nationals born in foreign countries reached 43.2 million two years ago in 2015, which was a record for the US. The immigrant populace calling the US home has increased by more than four times since the national quota system was replaced by current immigration laws, back in 1965, according to the recent study.
The study also revealed that, of today’s US populace, as many as 13.4 percent – almost three times as many as in 1970 – are nationals who were born overseas. According to the Pew Research Center’s estimates, the number of immigrants residing in the US will be more than 78 million by the year 2065. Although the great majority of immigrants living in the country do so with a valid US visa, around 11 million – a quarter of the total – are doing so.
President Donald Trump has made a pledge to wipe out illegal immigration in the US, although federal judges have blocked several attempts to halt immigration from certain countries via executive orders.