The latest study by Pew Research Centre reveals that an unprecedented 23% of the country’s booming foreign-born population is illegally living in the U.S. Today, there are an estimated 35.2 million legal immigrants living in the country. The last time the U.S. foreign-born population was this high was in 1910 when immigrants made up 14.7% of the total country’s population. The country’s last immigration boom, between 1900 and 1920, was eventually met with a near immigration moratorium. Between 1925 and 1966, the yearly U.S. legal immigration level did not exceed 327,000 admissions.
Since 1980, though, the number of legal immigrants admitted to the U.S. every year has not dipped below 525,000. Since 1999, annual legal immigration levels have not dropped below 645,000. And since 2004, the number of legal immigrants admitted to the U.S. every year has not dipped below 957,000. Among the 20 birth countries with the largest number of U.S. unauthorized immigrants, there were significant increases in five from 2007 to 2017. They included the nations of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. India and Venezuela also had increases in their U.S. populations of unauthorized immigrants over the past decade.
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