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The Changing Face of Immigrants to the United States

immigrationstamp.jpgFor centuries the United States has been the top immigration destination globally. Immigrants from such countries as Germany, China, Ireland, and Italy have all come to the country in order to seek better lives. But while the country continues to be a strong immigration draw, over the years the demographics of those immigrating to the U.S. has changed significantly. For example, in the late 1800s and early 1900s Europeans made up the bulk of those immigrating to the United States. But by the late 1900s Latin Americans had become the top immigration demographic.

In 1910 Germany was the top country immigrating to the U.S., and accounted for approximately 18% of all immigrants to the United States, 2.5 million people. In that year those from countries belonging to the former USSR accounted for approximately 11% of all immigrants to the country, 1.6 million people. Though those from south of the border did immigrate to the United States in the early 1900s, their numbers were far fewer than those seen in more recent years.

In 1965 Congress voted to open the U.S. borders, attracting large numbers of immigrants from Latin America and Asia. This changing of the guard led to dramatic demographic changes in different regions of the U.S. For example, in 1860 almost 40% of immigrants to California were from China. Similarly, New York and New Jersey saw approximately 30% of their immigrants come from countries of the former USSR in 1910. By contrast, Mexican immigrants now far outnumber Chinese immigrants in California and Latin American immigrants have similarly superseded Eurasian immigrants in New York.
The United States continues to attract immigrants from all over the world. Indians are coming to the country and settling in such states as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, while Canadians are calling Maine, Vermont, and Montana home. Filipinos are settling in Hawaii and Alaska. These stats point to the fact that there is no one face of the U.S. immigrant. Instead, the United States attracts people from all over the world, people who are looking to come and participate in the American experiment and seek a better life for themselves and their families.

If you, or someone you know, would like help regarding an immigration or naturalization matter in the United States, contact the Austin, TX immigration lawyer at the Lyttle law firm by calling 512-215-5225.