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.
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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.