The Pew Hispanic Center released a report on Tuesday showing that the growth of the Latino population in the U.S. is driven more by births in the United States than by immigration. This trend is reflective of tough immigration enforcement and the failure of comprehensive immigration reform. Notably, there has been a slow down in the growth of Latinos who were born in another country; in 2012, 49.8% of Hispanic adults were born in another country, whereas in 2007, 55% were born in another country.
The trend is that the nation’s largest minority group will continue to grow, but the growth will be fueled by native births. Some of the findings in the report include:
- There were 9.6 million Hispanic births in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010; during that same period, the number of newly arrived immigrants was 6.5 million.
- 60% of the Hispanic population growth between 2000 and 2010 can be attributed to U.S. births.
- The number of U.S. born Hispanics entering adulthood is growing; today about 800,000 U.S. born Latinos enter adulthood every year. In the coming decades, that number is projected to be about 1 million per year.
This report means that even with reduced immigration rates into the U.S., the Latino population is still booming.