The Changing Immigration Map

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Last night, actor Sean Penn was taken to task on social media for his ‘green card’ joke during the Oscar Awards. Regardless of his intent—or the valid points raised in the ensuing Twitter debate—the furor further entrenches the public perception that immigration is a southern border issue.

A new bit of research on population shifts in the U.S. shows that while "immigration remains a major component of US population change… its geography is changing."

No longer are California and Texas at the top of the list in terms of their rate of growth from immigrants. While Hawaii sits at the top of the list, the largest concentration is in what the report refers to as the "east coast Megalapolis" of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Maryland, and Connecticut. The shift is due in part to the increase of high-tech and entrepreneurial immigrants from overseas and the "flows from Mexico have been markedly reduced."

Immigration reform--and the great debate around it--have held up progress on startup visas and other ideas to bring more entrepreneurs to the country to launch startups and create jobs.

The study, by Richard Morrill of the University of Washington, tracks overall population changes in the U.S. from 2012-2014 and is available on NewGeography.com.

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Mark Marich

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Since 1998, Marich has provided communications leadership on several national initiatives and more than 100 public forums covering a wide range of policy issues, including: entrepreneurial growth & economic development; health care; renewable energy; telecommunications; regulatory reform; and, workforce development.