The U.S. population gained immigrants at the slowest pace in a decade last year, according to an analysis of new census data, The New York Times reported Sept. 26. Experts said the notable slowdown was likely linked to President Trump’s more restrictive approach to immigration policy.
Numbers released Sept. 26 as part of the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey and analyzed by William Frey, chief demographer at the Brookings Institution, showed that the net increase of immigrants in the United States dropped to about 200,000 people in 2018, a decline of more than 70 percent from the year before. The net immigration figure is made up of all foreign-born people who came to the United States, minus those who left and those who died.
The largest declines in levels of immigrants were among people from Latin America and Asia who were not U.S. citizens, Frey found. In all, about 45 million foreign-born people lived in the United States in 2018. About half were citizens, nearly a quarter were legal residents and the remaining quarter were undocumented. Immigrants as a share of the country’s population remained flat at 13.7 percent, the highest share since 1910.