Good Question: Where Do Our Immigrants Come From?

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thirteen percent of people living in the United States right now were born in another country, including David Chavarria of Minneapolis, who moved here from Mexico when he was five years old.

“The town that we came from was poor so they decided to come up here for the job benefits,” Chavarria said. “We came up here and my dad started his own company installing fences.”

The percentage of foreign-born people in America has changed over time. It was at an all-time high of 15 percent at the turn of the 20th century when most immigrants were from southern and eastern Europe. It dipped to just below 5 percent in 1970 after a change in the federal immigration law that did away with quotas and replaced them with family relationships or skills requirements.

“One of the problems right now is that it’s been 50 years since we’ve…

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