Panel Podcast: The Size and Implications of the Immigrant Population

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 134

By Mark Krikorian, Steven A. Camarota, Rich Lowry, and Roy Beck on December 14, 2023

View Podcast Archive

Listen to "Panel Podcast: The Size and Implications of the Immigrant Population" on Spreaker.


The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion December 11. The featured experts delved into the findings of the Center’s latest report, which revealed that the total foreign-born or immigrant population (legal and illegal) was nearly 50 million in October 2023 — a 4.5 million increase since President Biden took office and a new record high.

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, and Roy Beck, the former president of NumbersUSA, joined Steven Camarota, Center’s director of research and author of the new report. The panelists, who have all written extensively about the impact of immigration on the United States, will discuss what caused this rapid growth and the broad implications this has for American society, including the labor market, public coffers, politics, the environment, and culture.

Mark Krikorian, the Center’s executive director and host of Parsing Immigration Policy, moderates this rebroadcast of the Center's panel.


Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.


Rich Lowry is the Editor-in-Chief of National Review.

Roy Beck is the Founder and former President of NumbersUSA.

Steven Camarota is the Director of Research of the Center for Immigration Studies.


Report: In October 2023, the Foreign-Born Share Was the Highest in History

Panel Video: The Size and Implications of the Immigrant Population

Panel Press Release: The Size and Implications of the Immigrant Population

Panel Transcript


Follow Parsing Immigration Policy on Ricochet, Apple Podcasts, Amazon MusicSpotify, StitcherGoogle Podcasts.

Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes".