A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau projects that the U.S. population will climb by more than 100 million people by 2060.  Current immigration policies, especially chain migration, will play a big part in the population increase. The Census Bureau's report projects that the total population will cross the 400 million mark in 2051, and will reach 420.3 million in 2060.

Chain Migration refers to the endless and often-snowballing chains of foreign nationals who are allowed to immigrate because the law allows citizens and lawful permanent residents to bring in their extended, non-nuclear family members.  Chain migration is the primary mechanism that has caused legal immigration in this country to quadruple from about 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than one million a year since 1990.

The clearest evidence for chain migration's affect on population growth can be seen in the projected demographic changes by the Census Bureau:  

"The Hispanic population would more than double, from 53.3 million in 2012 to 128.8 million in 2060.  Consequently, by the end of the period, nearly one in three U.S. residents would be Hispanic, up from about one in six today.

The Asian population is projected to more than double, from 15.9 million in 2012 to 34.4 million in 2060, with its share of nation's total population climbing from 5.1 percent to 8.2 percent in the same period.

All in all, minorities, now 37 percent of the U.S. population, are projected to comprise 57 percent of the population in 2060. The total minority population would more than double, from 116.2 million to 241.3 million over the period."

The U.S. will continue to be the fastest-growing industrialized nation in the world, even though the Census Bureau has altered its recent projections from 2008 and 2009, both of which estimated an even larger population growth. 

For over 30 years, immigration has served as the largest contributor to the increase in U.S. population.  As a direct result of its immigration policies, the United States is now the third most populous nation in the entire world and grows at a rate of more than twice that of China.  In fact, the United States has the fastest population growth of any industrialized nation, and is surpassed only by India and Nigeria.

Eighty percent of U.S. population growth post-2010 will be a result of immigrants and their children alone. If our chain migration policies are not changes, the U.S. may have a population close to 800 million people by 2100. 

Rapid population growth of this magnitude will undoubtedly put a strain on our resources and open spaces, problems that have yet to be addressed by Congress or the President. 

The bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission's recommendations in 1995 included ending chain migration in order to best serve the U.S.'s economy and environment.  

Read more about the U.S. Census Bureau's Projections here:

Chain Migration

Updated: Wed, Dec 19th 2012 @ 11:59am EST