New Data Reveals How Much Legal Immigration Has Declined During the Trump Years

by admin on January 20, 2020

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New data has emerged out of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that reveals a significant fall in legal immigration since Trump took office.

Between 2016 and 2018, there were 87,000 fewer legal immigrants living in the US, which constitutes a 7% decline.

If you exclude refugees taken in before 2016, who just recently began being counted as permanent residents in 2018, the total number of legal immigrants has fallen by nearly 12%–from 1,183,505 in 2016 to 1,096,611 in 2018.

The bulk of the fall in legal immigration can be mainly attributed to lower admissions in the Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens category.

According to US immigration lawyers in Thailand, this category affords direct relatives–i.e. spouses, children, and parents–fast-track status for legal immigration eligibility.

The number or Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens living in the US dropped from 566,706 in 2016 to 478,961 in 2018–a 15.5% dip.

The number of children granted lawful permanent residence in those two years took the biggest hit, falling nearly 25%.

Legal immigrants in the US from Mexico, Vietnam, China, and South Korea fell the most.

The Trump administration currently has numerous executive orders aimed at reducing legal immigration being held up in courts.

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