Immigration Charts

This chart shows legal immigration into the USA by decade. As you can see, we are on pace to set another all-time record here in the 2010s just as we set records in the previous two decades. Legal immigration has been averaging about 1 million per year since 1989 (click chart to enlarge):


The next chart shows annual immigration through 2012 with a 10-year moving average. As you can see, we are now sustaining a rate higher than the brief peaks set in 1914 and 1998:


During the years of the Great Recession, the USA acted as if it had jobs to burn, and continued bringing in record amounts of immigrants – even when the unemployment rate went over 11% in 2009. President Obama did nothing to change the legal immigration policy:


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Data Source: Yearbook of Immigration Statistics: 2013.

5 Responses to “Immigration Charts”

  1. […] During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt shut down immigration to a trickle. He got re-elected – twice. The man was literally, President for Life. During the Great Recession, instead of following Roosevelt’s proven strategy, President Obama did just the opposite. He kept legal immigration going at a record pace. (See my charts here.) […]

    • Did you even read the chart? says:

      Record immigration? Not even close. Try looking at the record/chart. Clearly the numbers where highest by 88-92. Oh but wait? Could those have been Republican administrations?

      • admin says:

        Look at the red line on the chart fool. The last ten years have been the highest immigration decade in history.

        • barry says:

          I think as a % of population, immigration from 1890s to 1920s was most likely much higher.

          I also can’t see how this country would have progressed if not for the Immigration Acct of 1967 which opened the doors again to large scale immigration. Everything from medicine to the space program has benefited from immigrants

          • admin says:

            % of population is an invalid way of analyzing immigration. Maybe even a backward way. If a million people landed on the California coast in 1800, it wouldn’t be that traumatic because there was still plenty of land for them to go and farm. If a million people land today, there are no jobs for them. The million people that come today are a much bigger problem even though they are a much smaller percentage of the population. It just doesn’t matter what the percentage is – a million people are a million people.

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