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Immigrants making up bigger share of US population

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The foreign-born population of the US has continued to rise in spite of tougher US immigration controls since the 2001 terrorist attacks, reports United Press International.

Accordingto US Census Bureau Data, there were 34.2 million foreign born peoplein the US in 2004, a rise of 2.3 percent compared with 2003. About 6.1million foreigners have arrived in the US after 2000. 13.1 millionforeign-born people had become US citizens, while 21.1 million have notnaturalized.

The population of foreign-born Hispanic people isincreasing, with an estimated 53 percent of immigrants now coming fromLatin America. 25 percent of foreign-born immigrants are from Asia, 14percent from Europe, and 8 percent from other regions.