The United States today is made up of nearly 45 million immigrants. And the percentage of immigrants in the workforce continues to grow every year. At a current rate of almost 17% the country would not be half of what it is today without the people we call immigrants.

Cardiff Garcia, host of The Indicator From Planet Money, “How Immigration Is Changing The U.S. Economy,” talks about the increase of immigration and what it looks like for the United States today. Sitting down with Mark Hugo Lopez, Director is Global Migration and Demography Research at The Pew Research Center, they get into the ins and the outs of what has changed for the United States in terms of immigration. They are able to touch on the topic that not all immigrants are coming from Mexico as can be assumed by hundreds of people. In fact, the number of Asian’s entering America has now passed the number of Mexicans. This decrease of immigrants coming to America from Mexico is due to a healthy economy over there and less of a need to come to America. But the need for a proper education is still alive, making some of those who do come to America look to earn a college degree.

As things continue to change for immigration, Mark is able to predict that we will continue to see a decrease in the number of people entering coming from Mexico. He thinks that we will see more and more people coming from places like Africa because of the recent pandemic and the issues that came along with it. 

What are your thoughts on the recent immigration changes being made in the United States? Let us know in the comments!

This article originally published on GREY Journal.