Great interest and public debate has been generated by the increase in the number of foreign-born persons in the United States in recent years. To allow for informed discussion based on fact rather than uninformed opinion and anecdotal evidence, the Census Bureau has begun more frequent collection of data about the foreign-born population. Question on country of birth, citizenship, and year of entry were added to the Current Population Survey (CPS) beginning in 1994. This report, based on data collected in March 1996, is the second using the March CPS data to compare the characteristics of natives and the foreign-born.
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