CIS counts as foreign-born anyone who was not a US citizen at birth and includes naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, long-term temporary visitors to the US, and undocumented immigrants.
As of December 2015, there were 61 million immigrants and their children under age 18 reported living in the US. Since 2000, the number of immigrants and their children has risen by 18.4 million, CIS researchers noted, calling the increase in immigration in some states since 1970 “astonishing”.
Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina have seen immigration-population rates spike by around 3,000 percent since 1970, CIS reported. Rates for Arkansas and Tennessee went up nearly 2,000 percent over the same period, while rates for Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona increased by more than 1,000 percent.
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