(WASHINGTON) — As many as 20 percent of people living in the U.S. don’t speak English at home.
A report by the Center for Immigration Studies says this amounts to 61.8 million residents, including men, women and children.
The numbers of people who speak a language other than English behind closed doors has soared by 2.2 million since 2010, primarily due to the influx of Latino, Chinese and Arab immigrants.
What’s even more astounding, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, is that 27.2 million of the foreign-language speakers were born in the U.S.
As a result, study co-author Steven Camarota suggests that “allowing in over one million new legal immigrants a year and to a lesser extent tolerating illegal immigration” may be detrimental to “preserving a common language.”
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