Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: Immigration Figures at Highest

Immigration has spiked in the past two years for all immigrants in the United States. The total of new arrivals in the country has topped at over three million, which is the first time the figure has been this high since the Clinton administration. These statistics were released from an immigration think tank at the end of May this year.

Out of the new arrivals, one-third are undocumented. This accounts for 550,000 people coming into the country each year in both 2014 and 2015, a figure that the Center for Immigration Studies came up with based on Census Bureau statistics. This trend indicates that mass immigration into the United States is not a thing of the past.

Despite being popularly known for immigrating into the U.S., Mexico only accounts for 150,000 people per year in 2014 and 2015. Previously, the figure was closer to 550,000. However, the rest of Latin America spiked from 225,000 immigrants a year to around 440,000 a year. Based on all these figures, it is estimated that around 11.7 million people living in the United States are undocumented immigrants.

China and India have had a spike in long-term work visas. Another cause for the spike in immigration is due to unaccompanied children and full families that are increasingly coming in from Central America, with the addition of the aforementioned legal work visas increasing in popularity. There is no specific number, but there has been an indication of a large number of legal visa overstays in the country, also adding to the booming number of immigrants.

It appeared immigration had bottomed out in 2010 and 2011, with only a bit over one million people coming into the U.S. each year, with one-third entering illegally. However, the number immediately rose to around 1.1 million in 2012 and 2013, and over 1.5 million in 2014 and 2015. In all years, approximately one-third of those people were not authorized.

A new calculation of 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. at the beginning of 2016 is a stark comparison to what other research has estimated. The number was drawn up by Steven A. Camarota, a demographer and research director at the Center for Immigration Studies. An unaffiliated center, Center for Migration Studies, has estimated that the number had dropped to 10.9 million as of 2014.

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