New US record: Fifty-one million immigrants, nearly 20% of workforce

At 51.1 million, the number isn’t just the highest ever, but so is the share at 15.5%, according to Census Bureau numbers reviewed by the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates enforcing border laws.

“Analysis of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey shows that the total foreign-born or immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a new record high of 51.4 million in February 2024 — an increase of 6.4 million since President Biden took office. At 15.5%, the foreign-born share is also a new record in American history,” said the report.

Graphic courtesy Center for Immigration Studies


The report has several highlights that focus on where the immigrants came from, their education levels, and the percentage of the American workforce they now account for.

Graphic courtesy Center for Immigration Studies

But topping that list is who is to blame for the huge surge, and his name is Biden.

“Since President Biden took office in January 2021, the foreign-born population has grown by 6.4 million — larger than the individual populations of 33 states,” said the report.

Biden’s moves to crush former President Donald Trump’s border control has become a top election topic. Reports suggest he plans to address it by granting amnesty to those who have entered illegally, a move sure to inflame the topic further.


What’s more, wrote Camarota and Zeigler, “If current trends continue, the foreign-born population will reach nearly 60 million and 17.5% of the U.S. population by the end of a second Biden term — both figures would be without any precedent in American history.”

Most of the immigrants are from Latin America.

Most have poor education levels. Some 44% have no post-high school education.

And they are gobbling up U.S. jobs. “In February 2024, the 31 million immigrant workers accounted for 19.3 % of workers — both new record highs. Compared to February 2020, right before COVID, the number of immigrant workers is up 3.3 million, while the number U.S.-born workers is down by one million,” said the report.