Census Bureau: Migration to America Drops to Lowest Level This Decade

Dozens of people are seen waiting to enter the United States on the Northern side of the International Bridge over the Rio Grande, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, on 05 November 2019. - There are around 2000 asylum seekers currently living in tents next to the International Bridge that connects …
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Overall net migration has dropped to the lowest level this decade, according to the latest Census Bureau data.

From 2018 to 2019, about 595,000 residents have been added to the United States population as a result of net migration — that is the number of individuals who moved into the country minus the number of individuals who moved out over the last year.

This is the lowest level of net migration to the U.S. this decade and has been primarily driven by “declining immigration of the foreign-born, increasing foreign-born emigration, and changes in Puerto Rican migration following Hurricane Maria in September 2017,” Census Bureau analysts note.

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Compare, for instance, U.S. net migration from 2015 and 2016, where about 1.047 million individuals moved into the country over that period. Since then, overall net migration has steadily dropped. Still, net migration this decade added nearly eight million individuals to the U.S. population with the overwhelming majority of that deriving from foreign-born immigration.

In 2018, Census Bureau data suggests that foreign-born immigration added more than 1.2 million foreign-born residents to the U.S. population — a subtle drop from the 1.46 million foreign-born residents who were added in 2016.

The drop in net migration has been a boon to America’s working and middle class as it has decreased foreign competition against U.S. workers and tightened the labor market which has boosted wages. As Breitbart News recently reported, the tightening of the labor market has helped secure the bottom 25 percent of American wage earners a year-to-year wage hike of 4.5 percent.

For the first year in decades, the U.S. economy has tipped toward American workers rather than employers in terms of the labor market. Today, due to less foreign competition, workers have more chances to seek out the highest-paying job. For decades, it was employers who would bid on workers.

Despite calls for more foreign workers from corporate interests, 2020 Democrats, and the big business lobby to crush those U.S. wage gains, there remain about 11.5 million Americans who are either unemployed, underemployed, or out of the labor market — all of whom want good-paying full-time jobs.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

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