WASHINGTON (MNS) — During the 1990s Imperial County had the second-highest percentage increase of legal immigrants in California, according to new report from a group that advocates a stricter immigration policy.
Imperial County also had one of the highest levels of immigration from a single country, the report states.
The Imperial Valley's foreign-born population increased an estimated 42 percent from 1990 to 1998, the report released this week by the Center for Immigration Studies states. Only one California county, Sutter, had a bigger percentage increase.
"It's very possible Imperial County is now 40 percent foreign born," said Steven Camarota, director of research for the center. "That would make it well and away one of the highest counties in the nation."
The changes were figured using 1990 census figures for foreign-born population and INS figures showing the counties of intended residence of immigrants who arrived from 1991 to 1998.