Fewer immigrants in Congress today than in years past

Foreign-Born Share of Congress Little Changed Since Bottoming Out in 1960s

Members of Congress today are less likely to be immigrants, especially compared with other periods of history when surges of new arrivals occurred, a new Pew Research Center analysis finds.

Just 1% (six members) of the current 114th Congress immigrated into the U.S. at some point in their lives, compared with about 10% (nine of 95) who were born abroad in the first Congress of 1789-91, which was a much smaller Congress, and 8% (31 of 407) during the next peak, the 50th Congress of 1887-89, amid the broader U.S. immigration wave from Europe.

There were no foreign-born senators or representatives in Congresses from 1967 to …read more

Source: Pew Research

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