U.S. Immigration Bill Could Lead to Foreign-Born Population Boom

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), S.744, also known as the Gang of Eight Bill, would increase legal immigration into the United States, thus increasing the foreign-born share of the US population to 15% by 2020. This new statistic surpasses the 1890 high of 14.8%. Furthermore, officials predict the foreign-born population will reach 17% of the population (or 65.2 million) in 20 years, by 2033.

More CBO findings include:

  • The record high of 15% will mean the foreign-born share of the population will have tripled over the past 50 years, from 4.7 in 1970
  • The rate of growth in foreign-born people living in the U.S. has never been so high
  • The size of the foreign-born population increased from 9.6 million in 1970 to 31.1 million in 2000. And will reach 65.2 million people by 2033
  • Based on CBO projections, the total size of the U.S. population will reach 351.8 million in 2023, should the bill pass
  • The foreign-born population percentage is not expected to stabilize by 2033, but continue to increase significantly after that date

These findings elongate the discussion on the impact of the bill, giving numbers to the debate on its impact on the job market, absorption capacity upon America’s roads, bridges, schools and power grid. Other questions include the increase’s ability to change the aging of American society. Furthermore, as the U.S. population grows to include more non-U.S. born residents, its culture will continue to change, amalgamating to the incoming ideas, ideals, customs and expectations of others and becoming more of the Melting Pot it is known to be.