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8.4 Million “Immigrants” to US, 2011-16

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At 8.4 million “immigrants” settled in the US during 2015 and 2016, with 99.4 percent came from Third World countries, new data from the US Census Bureau has revealed.

According to an analysis of Census Bureau data carried out by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), 1.03 million immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the United States in the first six months of 2016.

“Based on prior patterns, a total of 1.8 million immigrants likely came in all of 2016,” the CIS study said.

The new data shows a dramatic rebound in immigration after 2011, when new arrivals fell after the Great Recession.

Newly arrived immigrants include new green card holders (permanent residents) and long-term term “temporary” visitors, such as guestworkers and foreign students, many of whom eventually become permanent residents. It also includes new asylum seekers, as well as new illegal immigrants who cross the border surreptitiously or overstay a temporary visa.

The CIS said that the more than one million new immigrants who settled in the country in the first six months of 2016 represents a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2015, a 21 percent increase over 2014, and a 53 percent increase over 2011.

This 1.03 million “new immigrants” figure is also larger than the number of immigrants who came in all of 2011.

The data also shows that 1.6 million new immigrants settled in the country in 2015 — the most in 15 years.

In 2014, 1.5 million came, in 2013 it was 1.3 million, in 2012 it was 1.2 million, and in 2011 1.1 million new immigrants settled in the country.

The “sending regions” showing the most dramatic increase in new arrivals between 2011 and 2015 are Central America (up 132 percent), South America (up 114 percent), the Caribbean (up 64 percent), and the Middle East and South Asia (both up 52 percent). South Asia includes India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Mexico remains the top “sending country,” with 190,000 immigrants (legal and illegal) settling in the United States in 2015, and with 216,000 likely coming in all of 2016

The dramatic increase in new immigrants settling in the United States in recent years is “primarily driven by the nation’s generous legal immigration system for both long-term temporary visa holders (e.g. guestworkers and foreign students) and new permanent residents (green card holders),” the CIS report said.

In addition, the “number of new, less-educated, younger immigrants arriving each year from Latin America roughly doubled from 2011 to 2016.”

The decision to admit large numbers of “unaccompanied minors, as well as minors traveling with adults, likely accounts for some of the increase in new illegal immigration, particularly from Central America.”

The data source used by the CIS is the October 2017 Census Bureau release of public-use data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS).


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