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U.S. Immigrant Population Soars To Record 61 Million

The number of immigrants, including their American-citizen children, has reached an all-time high of 61 million, Newsmax reported.

According to an analysis of Census Bureau information by the conservative Center For Immigration Studies, about 15.7 million of the total are undocumented foreign nationals. The center, which strongly opposes illegal immigration, found that the other 45.3 million people have legal status in the United States.

“Our best estimate is that in 2015 there were 5.1 million children with at least one illegal immigrant parent,” Steven Camarota, the organization’s director, wrote. He called the increase in immigration since 1970 “nothing short of astonishing.”

According to the center, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina have some of the fastest-growing foreign-born populations. “These numbers raise profound questions that are seldom even asked,” Camarota said. “What number of immigrants can be assimilated? What is the absorption capacity of our schools, health-care system, infrastructure and labor market? What is the effect on the environment and quality of life from significantly increasing the nation’s population density?”

He added: “The number of immigrants and their young children grew six times faster than the nation’s total population from 1970 to 2015 — 353 percent versus 59 percent.”

Illegal immigration has become a major issue in the Republican presidential race. Front-running candidate Donald Trump has called for deporting all of the estimated 12 million undocumented migrants in the United States.

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