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Immigration into U.S. Declines as Economy Worsens

According to - Immigration into the United States has decreased in the past year.  In 2007, the Census Bureau reports that only 511,000 people came into the U.S., which is a significant decrease from prior years.

The Washington Post states that, "the number of immigrants in 2007 was down from about 1 million a year since 2000. The population of foreign-born people fell in 14 states -- including New Jersey and Illinois, which have historically served as immigration gateways."

A researcher at the Brookings Institution, William H. Frey, believes that the state of the economy has led to a decrease in immigration for the country.  Frey's research reports that as the economy has worsened, the number of immigrants has declined.  Frey said immigration from Asia and Africa declined by more than 60 percent, while Hispanic immigration slowed by 36 percent.

While numbers have decreased, the Washington Post is reporting that 12.6% of the population is still comprised of immigrants and that there were 38.7 million foreign born in 2007. 

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