Immigration Slows, Lowers Proportion of Latin Americans in US

Fox News Latino, 9/21/12

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a  decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according  to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The calculations show that last year in the United States the number of  foreign-born residents totaled 40.4 million, equivalent to 13 percent of the  total population.

But the increase of 400,000 immigrants was the smallest number in a decade  and the proportion of Latin Americans within that group fell from 54 percent of  immigrants in 2010 to 52.6 percent last year, at the same time that the  proportion of immigrants from Asia and Africa rose.

A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that the largest immigration  flow in history from a single country – Mexico – to the United States has ended  and the flow of Mexicans may well have reversed.

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