Hispanics still make the largest share of immigrants in the U.S. However, new analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that the number of U.S. Latinos born in Latin America has decreased considerably in the last decade and a half. And that applies to all 14 largest Hispanic groups in the U.S. (Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Cubans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, Colombians, Spaniards, Hondurans, Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Argentines, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans).
According to the Pew Research Center’s new study, the share of foreign-born Hispanics dropped from 40 percent of the U.S. Latino population in 2000 to 35 percent in 2013. Immigrants born in Salvador saw the most dramatic decline, going from 76 percent to 59 percent during the same period. Dominicans, Colombians and immigrants born in Guatemala each dropped by 13 percent, whereas Mexicans, which are still the largest origin group in the U.S., have declined 8 percentage points.
However, the U.S. Latino population is still on the rise. They remain the largest minority group in the country, and they now number more than 53 million, from a total of 316.5 million U.S. residents. Also, the number of Latino immigrants has increased from 14.1 million in 2000 to 19 million in 2013.
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