The current rate of immigration--both legal and illegal--into the U.S. will dramatically increase the population over the next 40 years. That is the finding of a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Specifically, the data projects the U.S. population will reach about 404 million by 2060---an increase of 79 million from now---and that about 95% of that growth will be from immigrants.
"If you run out a projection, the U.S. population will be 75 million larger with immigration than without it," says Steven Camarota , director of research at CIS. "Much of that population growth is also the children and, in a few cases, grandchildren that these future immigrants will have between now and 2060."
Studies in recent years have projected a similar population explosion here in Texas, with one predicting the Lone Star State's population will double by 2050 .
Camarota tells KTRH these numbers should be a wake-up call for elected officials and average citizens to examine the issues that will come from massive population growth. "How big of a population do we want to have, and what does that mean for all of the things that people care about...the environment, congestion, pollution, traffic," he says.
"Is it a good idea to make America significantly more densely settled? You might say yes, and that's one point of view," says Camarota. "But the problem right now is we don't even ask that question."