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U.S. Census Reports That Half Of The Nation’s Immigrants Are Not Citizens

October 27, 2010 by  

U.S. Census reports that half of the nation's immigrants are not citizensThe United States Census Bureau reports that 12 percent of the nation's population is foreign-born, and more than half of the immigrants are not citizens.

The census also reveals that 33 percent of the population is native-born with at least one parent from another country, which means that one in five individuals is either a first- or second-generation U.S. resident.

More than half of the immigrants were born in Latin America.

Senate candidate Marco Rubio of Florida is a second-generation U.S. citizen — his parents were born in Cuba. According to Newsweek, the Republican opposes a measure that would legalize undocumented youth if they attend college, and he supports making English the country's official language.

Rubio has garnered strong support from the Latino community despite his stances on immigration.

"It's safe to say that he's going to win the Latino vote by a healthy margin," Dario Moreno, a professor at Florida International University, told the news source.

The news provider reports that two Hispanic gubernatorial candidates, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, also have significant backing from Latinos. The two Republicans, like Rubio, support hardline immigration reform. 

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