Immigrant Population: 1,675,949
Percent of Population: 17.64%
Chicago began growing as an immigrant city in the 1880s, with large numbers of Polish, German, and Eastern Europeans
migrating there in large numbers. Since then, the city has become home to people originally from Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. In 2007, riots flared in a Southwest Side neighborhood when federal agents busted a local fake ID ring and randomly questioned bystanders—leading
some to question whether an Arizona-style law would be next.