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New Report Shows Record-High Immigration and Enforcement of Immigration Violations


The Congressional Research Service recently published a report titled "U.S. Immigration Policy: Chartbook of Key Trends," which explains historical trends in immigration to the United States, the nation's current immigrant profile, and what our federal government is doing to enforce our immigration laws. Data comes from administrative sources, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, as well as the U.S. Census Bureau.

Here are some of the highlights:

• There were 41.3 million foreign-born residents in the United States, 13.1% of the total U.S. population, in year 2013, the highest level in U.S. history
• Annual levels of immigration today are comparable to those of the early years of the 20th Century
• For the past four decades, immigration has been from a more diverse range of countries than during the first part of the 20th Century

• There were 438,421 removals, or deportations, in year 2013, up from 30,039 in year 1990 
• Denials of applications for lawful permanent residency (green cards) have increased in recent years, with past immigration violations becoming the leading grounds of inadmissibility
• The number of employers enrolled in the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system grew from 5,900 at the close of year 2005 to 483,000 by the end of year 2013, and $15.8 million in administrative fines were imposed on employers who engaged in unlawful employment in 2013, more than the total amount of fines imposed from year 1999 through year 2009

To read the full report, visit:
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R42988.pdf

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