The history of immigration in numbers of immigrants admitted in the United States.
The history of immigration in numbers of immigrants admitted in the United States.  

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Published Friday, December 5th, 2008

President-Elect Obama has announced the appointment of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as the new chief of Homeland Security, a department of 208,000 people who are responsible for, amongst other things, securing the boarders and immigration.  A governor of a border state, Napolitano has had many opportunities to deal with immigration.  She has passed new immigration laws that revoke the business licenses of companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.  On the Federal level, she repeatedly opposed the Homeland Security Department’s plans to build hundreds of miles of new fencing along the Mexican border, which as of today is 90% completed.

Remarking on the appointment, out-going DHS Chief Michael Chertoff stated that the efforts to enforce immigration laws were working and “For the first time, we’ve reversed momentum.”  As of today, the number of border petrol officers have doubled to 18,000 since 2000.  The number of illegals crossing the border and located have been reducing sharply since 2000 with only a spike in 2004-2006.  Presently the number stands at aproximatly 900,000.  Legal immigration has had its up and downs, especially after 9/11and the beginning of the 1990’s.  However, today the rate of legal immigration has returned to the previous trend begun in 1941.

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The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions.

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America is a welcoming nation, and the hard work and strength of our immigrants have made our Nation prosperous. Many immigrants and sons and daughters of immigrants have joined the military to help safeguard the liberty of America. Illegal immigration, however, creates an underclass of workers, afraid and vulnerable to exploitation. Current immigration law can also hinder companies from finding willing workers. Without harming the economic security of Americans, reform of our Nation's immigration laws will create a system that is fairer, more consistent, and more compassionate.