10 key facts about America’s growing immigrant population that drives white supremacists batty
Felicia Persaud | 8/15/2019, 6:42 p.m.
While many around the world are still reeling from the fact that a young white man, fueled by hate propagated by White Supremacists and the xenophobic rhetoric of the president of the United States drove hundreds of miles to the border town of El Paso to massacre 22 Latinos and injure at least two dozen others, the question that has to be asked is what is causing this resurgence in hate and making so many white nationalists and supremacists so mad at immigrants and people of color that they are ready to kill again?
The reasons are of course are based in facts and that is that the Black and Brown population of the United States, which many of these hate filled beings believe strongly is “their country,” is growing much faster than their own white population. Donald Trump’s mainstreaming of such xenophobia has only emboldened the supremacists and nationalists who now feel empowered to take matters in their own hands to stop the “caravans,” the “invasion,” the “animals” and “rapists”—as Trump claims—that are coming to take over “their country.”
Here are 10 facts from the U.S. Census that I strongly believe is fueling this fear and hate:
The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Since 1970, the foreign-born population in the U.S. has continued to increase in size, and as a percentage of the total population. Today, about 1 in 4 children born in the U.S. under 18 have at least one foreign-born parent, primarily from Asia and Latin America.
The foreign-born population currently stands at over 13.7 percent as of the latest data from 2017. That’s 44.5 million people, according to the data. This represents a more than fourfold increase since 1960 when only 9.7 million immigrants lived in the U.S. Between 1991 and 2000, over 9 million immigrants entered the country legally, representing one of the highest rates of immigration the U.S. has ever seen.
Since 2010, the increase in the number of people from Asia—2.6 million—was more than double the 1.2 million who came from Latin America. Note that the last historic peak in immigration to the United States came at the end of the 19th century, when large numbers of White Europeans fled poverty and violence in their home countries and came to the U.S.
U.S.-born children of immigrants, or second-generation Americans, make up another estimated 12 percent of the nation’s population. By 2050, these two groups could account for 19 percent and 18 percent of the population, respectively, according to Pew Research Center projections.
There are some 20.7 million naturalized immigrants in the U.S. who have the right to vote and decide elections. This does not include the second or third generation immigrants. By 2020 that figure is projected to rise to 21.2 million. About 29 million of them are Latinos—foreign and second and third generation—who were eligible to vote in 2018, up from approximately 25 million in 2014. In 2018 alone, Hispanics and Asians voter turnout rates increased to about 40 percent, a 13-percentage point increase over 2014.