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Do you know how many immigrants actually live in the U.S.?

When people talk about immigration these days, they often come from two very different sides and may exaggerate things significantly. For instance, maybe someone told you that immigrants are flooding into the country in unprecedented numbers and you should be worried about it. Or, maybe you have heard that the current political climate has turned them back and changed the country that the United States was originally intended to be.

It's dangerous to deal in extremes and important to consider the facts. So, how many immigrants are there in America?

According to reports, immigrants themselves make up about 13.5 percent of the population, with 43.7 million individuals. However, when you also consider their children, who were born in the United States after they moved here, those families account for about 27 percent of the population, with 86.4 million individuals.

The numbers have been growing, though the rate of increase has slowed. For instance, between 2014 and 2015, the rate sat at 2.1 percent. From 2015 to 2016, the rate was more than cut in half to 1 percent.

Do these numbers change dramatically over time? They certainly do. The United States has gone through numerous historical stages. It is clearly a country founded on immigration, but it also has experienced periods where current Americans have pushed back against rapid immigration from outside their borders. A lot of factors can influence how many people seek a new home here and how many people actually find one.

If you are interested in immigrating to the U.S., you need to know exactly what steps to take, especially in an era where people have such strong opinions.

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