A California Department of Transportation sign warns motorists of immigrants—an admonition that could also help Washington’s policymakers.(Getty Images)
A California Department of Transportation sign warns motorists of immigrants—an admonition that could also help Washington’s policymakers.
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The Trouble With Immigration

Foreigners can bring more than just their luggage.
 

Over 1.2 million legal and illegal immigrants settle on American soil each year. Since 1990, the number of aliens living in the United States has mushroomed 43 percent; the Latino population alone doubled between 1980 and 2000, constituting 40 percent of all U.S. growth. Today, 1 in 10 people in America is a foreigner.

The immigration explosion is not exclusive to the U.S. Fully 40 percent of today’s Canadians were either born abroad or are the children of Canadians born elsewhere. By 2011, immigrants are projected to account for all net population growth in Canada.

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