Ten Countries In The Americas With The Most Nationals In The U.S.

Ten Countries In The Americas With The Most Nationals In The U.S.


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Jul 21 2016, – By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 22, 2016: Given the vitriolic verbal assault on immigrants and immigration by many speakers at the Republican National Convention this week and the echoing of calls by their Presidential nominee Donald Trump to “build a wall” on the U.S’ southern border, NAN decided to research the number of immigrants from the Americas – the Caribbean and Latin America – who now call the US home.

With 46,630,000 people living in the United States who were born in other countries, according to the Pew Center, here are the top 10 – from most to least – from the Americas:  

1: Mexico – As of 2015, the number of Mexicans living in the United States was put at 12,050,000 making them the number one Latin American group to call the US home.

2:  Puerto Rico – With 1,740,000 national living in the United States, the Caribbean US territory of Puerto Rico ranks number two on our list but fourth on the general migrant list.

3: Ecuador – Coming in at third on the Americas list but 7th overall is Ecuador with 1,280,000 nationals living in America.

4: Cuba – The Caribbean Communist island of Cuba has 1,130,000 nationals living in the U.S. – as of last year at least. That’s the 8th most migrants from anywhere in the world in the United States.

5: The Dominican Republic – The DR has 940,000 nationals living in the U.S., landing it at fifth on our top ten list but 10th on the global list.

6: Guatemala – Coming in at sixth on our list but 11th overall is Guatemala, with 880,000 nationals calling the U.S. home as of 2015.

7: Jamaica – Also making the top 10 list, ranking at 7th is the Caribbean island of Jamaica, with some 710,000 nationals living in the U.S. as of last year. That’s the 14th most immigrants from anywhere in the world.

8: Colombia – At number 8th is the South American nation of Colombia with 690,000 national calling the U.S. home as of 2015; the 15th most of any nation in the world.

9: Haiti – Ninth on the list is Haiti with 600,000 nationals as of last year, the 17th most of any migrants globally.

10: Honduras – rounding out the top 10 list is Honduras with 530,000 people living in the U.S. as of 2015. That’s puts the Central American nation at number 18th on the list of most migrants from around the world living in the U.S., less than both the U.K. and Canada.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/23/2016 at 9:03 am

    I am glad that they defined the boundaries this time as “the Caribbean and Latin America” – Canada and Mexico are in North America, some need to be reminded.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/23/2016 at 9:21 am

    Since 1965, when Congress passed legislation to open the nation’s borders, immigrants have largely hailed from Latin America and Asia.

    In states that have attracted many immigrants, the current share of immigrants is below peaks reached more than a century ago. In 2012, there were four states (California, New York, New Jersey and Florida) in which about one-in-five or more people are foreign born.

    California peaked in 1860 at 40%, when China was the top country of birth among immigrants there. Meanwhile, New York and New Jersey peaked in 1910 at 30% (Russia and the USSR) and 26% (Italy), respectively.

    Among U.S. immigrants as of 2013, five times as many are from Mexico as from China, where the second-highest number of U.S. immigrants were born (6% of all immigrants in the U.S., or 2.4 million).

    Mexico is the birthplace of 28% (or 11.6 million) of all immigrants in the U.S.A. Immigrants born in Mexico account for more than half of all of the foreign born in five states: New Mexico (72%), Arizona (58%), Texas (58%), Idaho (53%) and Oklahoma (51%).

    Despite Mexico’s large numbers, immigrants come to the U.S. from all over the world. India is the top country of birth among immigrants in New Jersey, even though only about one-in-ten of the state’s immigrants are from India.

    Canada is the top country of birth for immigrants in Maine (24%), Montana (21%), New Hampshire (15%), Vermont (15%) and North Dakota (13%). Filipinos account for a large share of immigrants in Hawaii (47%) and Alaska (27%).


    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/23/2016 at 2:41 pm

      Clyde, I feel at home in Los Angeles. In the apartment complex where I live, I have neighbors who are white, black, Latinos, Indians, and Asian (Japan/China).

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/23/2016 at 2:36 pm

    As a brown-skin immigrant with a Belize accent (according to most Americans I meet), I find the vitriolic verbal assault from the RNC camp very disturbing. My Brazilian-raised sons are regarded as Latinos.

    Who will be safe under a Trump presidency?

  • Ana  On 07/23/2016 at 4:57 pm

    I don’t understand why Puerto Rico is on the list when it’s part of the USA.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/23/2016 at 8:37 pm

    Well, Ana, help is on the way ….

    What is Puerto Rico’s Relationship with the United States? – “It’s Complicated.”
    by Alvita Akiboh

    Last November, with all the hubbub surrounding the presidential election, you may have missed a historic moment for the little Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.

    For the first time, the majority of Puerto Ricans voted to become a State of the U.S.A.

    This vote, although problematic in some ways could be an important step toward changing Puerto Rico’s current relationship with the United States.

    But what is Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States? Well, it’s complicated.

    Puerto Rico is currently a commonwealth of the United States.

    The Office of Insular Affairs defines a commonwealth as “an organized United States insular area, which has established with the Federal Government, a more highly developed relationship, usually embodied in a written mutual agreement.”

    This is not to be confused with an unincorporated territory: “a United States insular area in which the United States Congress has determined that only selected parts of the United States Constitution apply,” an organized territory: “a United States insular area for which the United States Congress has enacted an organic act,” or just plain occupied territory, in which the U.S.A. military forcibly claims sovereignty over people who would really rather they didn’t.

    Since 1898, Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States has encompassed all of the aforementioned definitions, each with its own set of ever-changing rights and responsibilities.

    Are we confused yet?

    Check out this link:


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