New wave of migrants puts US and other countries to the test
‘There will come a time’ to close borders
More immigrants to the United States from predominantly Muslim countries will arrive in the next few years than in last half a century, an economist says
One analyst worries the numbers will continue to rise despite increased deportations, and border security measures
The United States has tightened its borders, but the number of immigrants arriving each year is unlikely to decrease, immigration experts say
There will come a time when, as long as the United States remains a nation of immigrants, some of those newly arrived will stop at our borders and demand to enter the United States.
That will occur as more immigrants, mainly from predominantly Muslim countries like Pakistan, Turkey and the Middle East, arrive each year than the United States has since the last half-century.
Immigration to the United States from Muslim countries — and particularly those from Pakistan, Egypt and Nigeria — has increased enormously in the last few decades, a trend that is likely to continue, according to a recent study by an economist at the University of Notre Dame.
Immigrants from Muslim-majority countries comprise roughly half of the total number of immigrants — more than twice the share from Mexico; only 11% come from the United States, which is largely a result of undocumented foreign workers.
There are more than 2 million Muslims living in Pakistan and more than 5 million Muslims living in Nigeria, according to the Pew Research Center, a fact that can be considered a cause for concern.
In the United States, the largest number of foreign-born people — roughly 1.5 million — are from Mexico (mostly Hispanics), the fourth largest group is of recent Chinese-born immigrants, and the fifth largest group is of European immigrants, mainly from Germany and Sweden.
“Over the last 25 years, the number of new immigrants from Muslim countries has