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Muslims the Biggest Immigrant Group in the US Today

According to a weighty new analysis of Census Bureau data, America has 42.4 million legal and illegal immigrants, the highest number ever in American history. The 13.3 percent of the nation's population comprised of immigrants in 2014 is the highest percentage in 94 years.

While the doors remain open on the U.S.-Mexico border, the biggest percentage increases in immigration are all from largely Muslim nations.

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According to the Center for Immigration Studies report authors Steven A. Camarota, director of research, and Karen Zeigler, a demographer: “The sending countries with the largest percentage increases in immigrants living in the United States from 2010 to 2014 were Saudi Arabia (up 93 percent), Bangladesh (up 37 percent), Iraq (up 36 percent), Egypt (up 25 percent), and Pakistan, India, and Ethiopia (each up 24 percent).”
Their findings include:
* Just between 2010 and 2014, 5.6 million immigrant arrived in the United States. New immigration plus births to immigrants added more than eight million people to the U.S. population between 2010 and 2014, accounting for the overwhelming majority of population growth. 
* Immigrants account for more than one in eight U.S. residents. 
* Children from immigrant households now account for nearly one in four public school students, almost one-third of children in poverty, and one-third without health insurance, creating enormous challenges for the nation's schools, health care system, and physical infrastructure. 
* The large share of immigrants who arrive as adults with relatively few years of schooling is the primary reason so many live in poverty, use welfare programs, and lack health insurance.
* There are 64 public school students per 100 immigrant households, compared to 38 for native households. Because immigrant households tend to be poorer, immigration often increases school enrollment without a corresponding increase in the local tax base.

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