Immigration

We are again increasingly a nation of immigrants.

Fourteen percent of people in the US are foreign born, up from a low of 5% in 1970 and near the high of 15% in the early 1900s.

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Immigration

Excluding tourism, most people who come to the US on visas or green cards are temporary workers, students, or coming to be with their families.

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Immigration

The number of non-tourist visas and green cards granted as well as the number of refugees and asylees admitted fell from 2017 to 2018

The number of refugees and asylees admitted fell 24%, while the number of green cards and non-tourist visas granted fell 3% and 1%, respectively.

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Immigration

In 2015, the federal government estimated there were 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the country.

The total foreign-born population was 43 million.

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Immigration

Border apprehensions more than doubled from 2018 to 2019.

In fiscal year 2019, 860,000 people were apprehended at the border — nearly 460,000 more than in 2018, but 800,000 fewer than the recent peak in 2000.

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Immigration

In 2018, immigration officials removed 337,000 people from the US.

This is less than the 2013 peak of 433,000 but higher than any year before 2007.

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