2017 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics Released

Immigrants coming to America with lady libertyThe Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics has released its annual report of immigration statistics, the 2017 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (2017 Yearbook).

The data presented in the 2017 Yearbook goes back as far as the 1860’s, consisting of measurements in the following subject matter: Lawful Permanent Residents, Refugees and Asylees, Naturalizations, Nonimmigrant Admissions, and Enforcement Actions.

A notable finding from the 2017 Yearbook is that the number of aliens apprehended has been trending downward in the 21st century: over 1.8 million reported cases in the year 2000 down to just over 460 thousand cases in 2017. Over that same time frame, the number of persons obtaining lawful permanent resident status has been fluctuating right around 1 million: the low point being in the year 2003 with about 700 thousand cases, and peaking in 2006 with over 1.2 million.

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