America now home to forty million LEGAL immigrants

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Nearly one in six foreign born people living in the United States in 2010 arrived in the country after 2005, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those new arrivals, one in 10 chose Florida. Last year, 39.96 million people of foreign birth resided in the United States, representing about 23 percent of the U.S. population. The study found that recent immigrants are more likely to settle in other areas of the country like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Dakota instead of traditional gateway states including Florida. In Florida last year, 3.7 million people were born in foreign countries, a figure that represents about 19.7 percent the state’s population of 18.8 million. The influx of recent foreign immigrants has tailed off considerably following the economic slowdown that began in 2007. About 3.9 million foreign-born people entered the U.S. between 2005 and 2008, while 2.9 million arrived after 2008, the Census Bureau reported

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