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Is America full?

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Earlier this year, President Trump said the country is full. 

Looking at several measures, the numbers tell a different story. 

The population of the country grew 0.6 percent from 2017 to 2018, which is the lowest annual rate in eight decades. 

In 2017, the U.S. birthrate hit a 30-year low, and it has continued to drop since then.

By 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one-quarter of American workers will be 55 or older. 

While some cities are growing, a majority of rural counties in the Midwest have seen their populations decline since 2010.

Two guests joined MPR News host Kerri Miller for a conversation about immigration policy and America's changing demographics. 


• Alan Gomez covers immigration for USA Today

• Jennifer Piscopo is an associate professor of politics at Occidental College