Mapping the Complicated Politics of Immigration Published: July 2, 2014

Washington has again failed to pass an immigration overhaul measure, but on Friday thousands of new American citizens will be sworn in at hundreds of locations across the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The July 4 naturalization ceremonies have become a staple of the holiday’s celebration.

Statistically speaking, the foreign-born population in the U.S. is at an all-time high, according to the U.S. Census. There are 40 million foreign-born people living in the country today – 12.9% of the population – up from 31.1 million and 11.1% back in 2000.

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