Things got all the more confusing for America’s 11 million-plus undocumented immigrants when a federal judge on Monday blocked President Obama’s recent executive actions to defer millions of deportations. Continue reading
Remember when U.S. immigration reform seemed like it was finally in the cards?
That was so 2013.
The brief burst of fanfare following passage of the Senate’s comprehensive bill last year faded quickly when the debate hit the bitterly divided House, where prospects for getting anything done have now been all but extinguished.
America’s immigrant population today looks a lot different than it did 100 years ago, during the nation’s last wave of immigration. And while this may come as little surprise (a century is a long time, after all), the degree of demographic contrast is striking.
The interactive maps below are based on tabulations by Jens Manuel Kroogstad at Pew Research, using data from the 2009-2011 American Community Surveys and the 1910 Census. Birthplace is self-reported by respondents, and countries of origin and U.S. states are defined by their modern-day boundaries. Click the tabs above the map to select year.
NOTE: There is an updated version (2014) of this post here.
Eleven years ago, America wasn’t engaged in any foreign wars. We deported half as many immigrants as we do today. And getting through airport security was a total breeze.
America’s involvement in the War on Terror – spurred by the 9/11 terrorist attacks- resulted in new attitudes and concerns about defense and vigilance. The change ushered in a series of government policies like the USA Patriot Act that prioritized national security, often at the expense of civil liberties.
Here are three of the many dramatic transformations brought on by the events of 9/11: Continue reading