Over 40 million people living in the united states were born in a different country (that’s 20 percent of the world’s migrants). The United States in unique in that almost every country is represented in the U.S. migrant population. A considerable portion of the immigrant population in the United States are unauthorized immigrants (about a quarter of the total immigrant population), although these numbers are difficult to obtain accurate measurements for and the reality could be different. Mexican immigrants account for most of the immigrants in the United States, but the prevalence of Mexican immigrants has been on the decline in the past few decades. Immigrants from Central America and Asia have been on the rise. In fact, the Asian immigrant population in the United States is projected to be the largest group in the U.S. by 2055.
Many people wonder “why don’t immigrants just wait to get in legally?”. There are three primary avenues to achieve legal citizenship in the United States for immigrants: family reunification, employment and humanitarian protection (asylum or refugee status). For many immigrants, these categories are exclusive and unattainable. So the answer to that question that so many people ask is: There is no line to wait in. This is a very upsetting fact, because many unauthorized immigrants are hard-working, tax-paying people who contribute considerably to their communities. Immigration reform is extremely important to ensuring the fair treatment of everyone in the United States.