Immigration makes America better because of the cultural influences, our job market is very diverse and always changing and improving, and immigration helps stimulate the economy.The Census Bureau defines recent immigrants as foreign-non born individuals who reside abroad one year prior, including lawful permanent residents, temporary non-immigrants, and unauthorized immigrants. In the year 1990 immigrants made up 7.9 percent (19,767,300) of the United States population. In 2000, immigrants made up 11.1 percent (31,107,900), 2010 they made up 12.9 percent (39,955,900), and in 2015 they made up 13.5 percent (43,290,400) of the U.S. population. In 2014 42.4 million (13.3%) of the total population (318.9 million). The origins of those 42.4 million immigrants is dominated by India with 147,500 natives. Following India are China (131,800), Mexico (130,000), Canada (41,200), and the Philippines (40,500). In 2014, 1,016,518 foreign nationals became lawful permanent residents (green-card holders). Virginia’s immigration population is 948,000. 1Contrary to popular belief immigrants tend to take the jobs that natives to not want, instead of taking the jobs that natives already have. Typically the jobs that immigrants take on are on the high or low end of the spectrum. In the civilian labor force, immigrants, are 26.7 million (17%) of 159.5 million workers in the year 2014 according to the U. S. Census Bureau. According to the Wall Street Journal, immigrants come the United States to find jobs when the economy is growing.2The percentage of immigrants that work in management, professional, and related occupations is 30. Twenty-five percent are involved in in service occupations. Thirteen 1Migration Policy Institute, “Frequesntly Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States,” -united-states#Workforce Characteristics (accessed November 16, 2016)2Yasenov Vasil and Peri Giovanni. “New Evidence on Immigration and Jobs.” The Wall Street Journal,(January 18, 2016).
percent are involved in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.3The last 15percent work in production, transportation, and material moving occupations. Immigrant businessowners contribute more than $755 billion dollars, whether they be small local shops or America’s largest companies.4One out of ten immigrant workers own a business. Each month 620 of 100,000 (0.62%) immigrants start a business each month.5Businesses owned by immigrants are slightly more likely to hire employees than non-immigrants owned businesses. What many people wonder is why so many immigrants start their own businesses instead of joining the normal work force. Studies have proven that immigrants who create their own business will make more money than if they were to join the work force. Immigrants that own a business have average sales of 435,000 dollars.6Immigrant shop owners also are slightly more likely to hire employees because the soon they can get help to run their business the sooner they can start to make money. Of all