Currently one in five immigrants worldwide live here…….

If current demographic trends continue, over 100 million future immigrants and their descendants will account for 88 percent of population growth in the U.S. over the next 50 years, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center.

Pew’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data projects that the total population of the United States will increase by 117 million people, from 324 million in 2015 to 441 million people in 2065.

Without immigration, the projected U.S. population in 2065 would be 338 million, according to Pew.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) recently released a chart, using Pew data, showing that for every native-born American added to the country’s current population, immigration will add seven more over the next half century. One in five immigrants worldwide currently reside in the U.S.

With 103 million first- or second-generation immigrants comprising 36 percent of the U.S. population by 2065, Pew estimates that in 50 years, a record 17.7 percent of the U.S. population will be foreign-born – compared to the current 14 percent and five percent in 1965.

Pew also reports that since 1965, foreign-born immigrants have been the main driver of U.S. population growth as well as demographic change. The report argues that 1965 saw a major shift in immigration policy with the passage of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The 1965 law changed the criteria for immigrants admitted to the United States. Before 1965, quotas were assigned to countries based on how nationalities were represented in the census. According to Pew, 70 percent of visas were reserved for immigrants from Europe, primarily the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany. Prior to 1965, 80 percent of immigrants were white.

However, the new immigration system abandoned national origin quotas, and instead focused on bringing in relatives of U.S. citizens, as well as taking in immigrants based on their skills in the workplace.