Surprising Truth About Where US Immigrants Are Coming From

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 8:13 am (UTC-5)
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A group of U.S. servicemembers were part of a group of 125 immigrants that received their citizenship on Liberty Island in New York City Oct. 28, 2011.  (DoD photo by Sgt Randall Clinton, U.S. Marine Corps via Flickr)

A group of U.S. servicemembers were part of a group of 125 immigrants that received their citizenship on Liberty Island in New York City Oct. 28, 2011. (DoD photo by Sgt Randall Clinton, U.S. Marine Corps via Flickr)

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More than one in 10 people living in the United States right now was born in another country. Of the 41 million immigrants in the U.S., most come from Mexico, our neighbor to the south.

However, when you take out Mexico out of the equation, a more diverse picture emerges.

Data scientist Giorgio Cavaggion used 2012 data from the Department of Homeland Security to make a map illustrating the most common country of origin for immigrants in the United States.

Of the 1,031,631 people who became legal permanent residents, known as “green card holders”, in 2012, 146,406 came from Mexico.

But what about the rest?

People born in India pop up in 19 U.S. states, five states have more immigrants from the Philippines and five others from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Many of the immigrants from countries like Myanmar, Bhutan, Iraq and Somalia are political refugees who’ve been granted political asylum.

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9 responses to “Surprising Truth About Where US Immigrants Are Coming From”

  1. Bill Webb says:

    Mexican smugglers are moving ISIS operatives through the desert and across the U.S.-Mexico border. The Obama administration’s lax immigration policies have allowed a large number of terrorists with documented ties to ISIS and other radical Islamic groups into the United States, including individuals from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Uzbekistan who have been criminally charged in recent years. These people are coming here to kill us.

  2. Ben Breese says:

    Trump is the answer to our recovery, he will make America great again. He will tax those companies who shut down their plants in the US, like Ford, US Steel, Nabisco choosing to build their plants in other countries or buy product from outside sources. He will create jobs. He will make our Military the strongest in the world. He will rid the Veterans Administration of fat, non caring employees. He and his selected staff will negotiate better deals with other countries generating revenue that is vastly needed now. No more politics, no donors holding a knife to a candidates neck, especially Trump. Wake up America, aren’t you tired of all the cramp that has been funneled into our brains of all talk and no action? Just words. Build the wall and secure it, deport those illegals who are toxic to and for Americans. Don’t be a sheep, think outside the box for a change, think of your family, your children, especially. Guys like john Kerry, Hillery Clinton are a joke. Just think for a minute who we send to represent America, believe me, there isn’t Any Alpha males or females to be proud of. All Yes Boys. God bless Mr. Donald Trump and these United States of America.

  3. Stewart J says:

    @Ben Breese, oh boy, you deserve Trump. What the heck does “tax those companies who shut down their plants in the US” even mean? At what rate would you tax them? All they have to do is shutdown their US operations and re-incorporate the company in say, China. Education – or the lack of it, is America’s problem.

    • Cris J. S. says:

      agreed stewart, we need less taxes and less military spending…military spending is over 85% of our spending as a nation…ridiculous really. If we do not educate ourselves as a people soon we deserve what is coming to us.

    • Jo Ann says:

      Agreed – education is the answer. It is sad to see how easily people can be lied to and mislead by dishonest alpha types.

  4. Your Mom says:

    @Cris, “military spending is over 85% of our spending as a nation”. You seriously need to educate yourself.

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