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Legal Immigration—The Bigger Problem

Table 1:

 

Legal Immigration to the U.S., 1997 to 2006

(Persons Obtaining Legal Permanent Resident Status by Type of Admission)

Total

Family-sponsored preferences

Immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens

Employment-based preferences

Refugees and Asylees

 

797,847

213,292

320,768

90,490

112,060

 

653,206

191,396

282,617

77,413

52,048

 

644,787

216,705

257,715

56,678

42,509

 

841,002

235,092

346,350

106,642

62,928

 

1,058,902

231,699

439,972

178,702

107,981

 

1,059,356

186,880

483,676

173,814

125,798

 

703,542

158,796

331,286

81,727

44,764

 

957,883

214,355

417,815

155,330

71,230

 

1,122,373

212,970

436,231

246,878

142,962

 

1,266,264

222,229

580,483

159,081

216,454

 

a. Includes diversity lottery, Nicaraguan Refugee Fairness Act, cancellation of removal, and unclassified.

Source: Dept. of Homeland Security, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics 2006, Table 6.

 

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.