Senseless Census Missing Key Data

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Senseless Census Missing Key Data


The percentage of foreign-born U.S. residents with deep roots in the country is rising and will continue to sear in the coming decades, suggests an analysis published by the Population Dynamics Research Group, Los Angeles, Calif.

The percentage of foreign-born residents who have lived in the U.S. at least 20 years climbed from 30.4% of the foreign-born population in 2000 to an estimated 38.5% in 2010. By 2030, the majority of foreign-born residents--or 52.6%--will have resided in the U.S. for at least two decades, laying the basis for stronger social, economic, and civic ties among the foreign-born population as they assimilate, the report declares.

"We're making a major transformation in America," notes Dowell Myers, coauthor of the report, which estimates the foreign-born population in 2010 based on a detailed demographic accounting of annual population changes through births, deaths, and migration. These estimates provide information not available in the 2010 Census, the first in more than a century that did not record residents' place of birth. …

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