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E.g., 07/31/2014

Country Resource - United States

United States

US
  • Population.....................................................................318,892,103 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate ..............................................................0.77% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate....................................................13.42 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate...................................................8.15 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate................................2.45 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups*..........white 79.96%, black 12.85%, Asian 4.43%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.97%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.18%, two or more races 1.61% (July 2007 estimate)

* Note: a separate listing for Hispanic is not included because the US Census Bureau considers Hispanic to mean persons of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin including those of Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic, Spanish, and Central or South American origin living in the US who may be of any race or ethnic group (white, black, Asian, etc.); about 15.1% of the total US population is Hispanic.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Immigration has contributed to many of the economic, social, and political processes that are foundational to the United States as a nation since the first newcomers arrived over 400 years ago. After brushes with immigration reform that began in 2001 and continued in 2006 and 2007, the United States seems to be on the threshold of overhauling the legal immigration system in the most substantive way since 1965. This article provides a comprehensive overview of major legislation and events affecting U.S. immigration throughout history, legal and illegal immigration flows, postrecession immigration trends, and more.

Recent Activity

Visa Waiver Transit Programs Suspended...
State Dept. Adds Visa Categories for Border Students...
Ridge Names Citizenship and Immigration Ombudsman...
State Dept. Requires Online Applications for Visa Lottery...
Temporary Protected Status Extended for Liberians...

State Dept. Tightens Rules on Visa Applicant Interviews...
Agreements With Chile, Singapore Open Door to Trade in Services...
DHS Fully Implements Foreign Student Tracking System...
TPS Extended for Montserratians, Salvadorans, Somalians...
DHS Expands Efforts to Deport ‘Predatory’ Criminal Aliens...

MPI Policy Analyst Deborah Waller Meyers examines the Smart Border agreements signed by the U.S. with Canada and Mexico in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

MPI’s Jill Wilson provides an in-depth look at the United States’ population of people born in Africa.

Justice Dept. Report Cites Abuse of Detainees After Sept. 11...
Court Approves Ongoing Secrecy on Post-Sept. 11 Detainees' Names...
Hispanics Become Largest Minority in the United States...
Post-Sept. 11 Economic Woes Squeeze H-1B Visa Program...

MPI Research Assistant Kevin O'Neil outlines key aspects of remittances from the United States.

B. Lindsay Lowell of Georgetown University sketches the big picture of skilled migration, touching on both negative impacts and positive feedback for developing states.

New Tracking System Will Photograph, Fingerprint Visa Holders...
Somali Bantu Refugees Resettled to the U.S....
Deadline Nears for LIFE Act Permanent Residency Applications...
Temporary Protected Status Extended for Hondurans, Nicaraguans...
ICE Slated for Reorganization...

Justice Department Allows Indefinite Detention of Undocumented Immigrants...
Homeland Security Department to Replace NSEERS...
Special Registration Deadline Passes for Fourth Group of Foreign Visitors...
Immigrants Killed While in U.S. Military Earn Posthumous Citizenship...
Student Adjustment Act Reintroduced to Congress...
Immigration Bureaus of DHS Receive Additional Funding...

MPI’s Ramah McKay examines the family reunification program, which accounts for approximately two-thirds of permanent immigration to the U.S. each year.

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