How Trump’s Immigration Plan Impacts The Nation’s Racial Makeup in One Chart

By Kenrya Rankin Feb 07, 2018

Per an analysis conducted by The Washington Post, President Donald Trump’s proposed immigration plan would keep Whites in the majority in the United States for one to five years more than previously estimated.

Among other points, the plan seeks to kill a program that grants entry to people from countries with historically low migration levels and limit one that lets U.S. residents sponsor family members for green cards. Per The Post: “Together, the changes would disproportionately affect immigrants from Latin America and Africa.”

Back in 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau projected that people of color would outnumber their White peers starting in the year 2044, when they will make up 50.3 percent of the population.

The Post’s analysis, which was published yesterday (February 6), found that if Trump’s plan is put in place, that date will be pushed to somewhere between 2045 and 2049.

From The Post:

“By greatly slashing the number of Hispanic and Black African immigrants entering America, this proposal would reshape the future United States. Decades ahead, many fewer of us would be nonwhite or have nonwhite people in our families,” said Michael Clemens, an economist at the Center for Global Development, a think tank that has been critical of the proposal. “Selectively blocking immigrant groups changes who America is. This is the biggest attempt in a century to do that.”

The chart below breaks down the analysis.