July 31, 2013
According to a recent Pew report, the majority of U.S. immigrants are Christians and the number of Christians has risen over the past twenty years. Currently, Congress is mulling over an immigration bill that will hugely impact the lives of immigrants in the nation. Some in Congress oppose amnesty, while others seek to lay out a path to citizenship.
Polling and Analysis – Religious Affiliation of U.S. Immigrants: Majority Christian, Rising Share of Other Faiths
…While Christians continue to make up a majority of legal immigrants to the U.S., the estimated share of new legal permanent residents who are Christian declined from 68% in 1992 to 61% in 2012… unauthorized immigrants, by contrast, come primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the overwhelming majority of them – an estimated 83% – are Christian. That share is slightly higher than the percentage of Christians in the U.S. population as a whole (estimated at just under 80% of U.S. residents of all ages, as of 2010). These are among the key findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life examining recent trends in the geographic origins and religious affiliation of immigrants to the United States.