More Hispanics are being born in the U.S. than ever before

According to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center, the number of Latinos born outside of the United States has dropped significantly in the last 13 years. The percentage of foreign-born Hispanics living in the U.S. has gone down from 40 percent in 2000 to 35 percent in 2013, according to a report from the International Business Times. This recent finding will only fuel the fire surrounding immigration reform, specifically regarding the issue of birthright citizenship, as the presidential candidates begin to make their push for the White House over the course of the next year.

“Because of [all the social and economic factors tied to immigration reform], much more is at stake in this struggle over immigration policy than the soul of the Republican Party,” writes Nicole Kemmer of U.S. News & World Report. “Immigration policy is not just about who Republicans are, but who we are as Americans.”

The 14 largest Latino groups were all surveyed for this research study and the results seemed to trend in the same direction among the different populations. Mexicans are the largest Hispanic group in the U.S. and they saw an 8 percent dip in Mexicans born outside of the United States. Salvadorians, on the other hand, experienced the largest change as their foreign-born percentage has dipped from 76 percent in 2000 to 59 percent in 2013.