REPORT: US Immigration Among Highest on Record in Obama’s Last Year

Total numbers could come close to 1.8 million entering the country for 2016…

STUDY: Foreigners Use Student Visa Loophole to Gain Entry to U.S.(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) The Center for Immigration Studies reported Thursday that immigration rates in 2016 rivaled the highest recorded immigration rates in United States history, with Mexico the highest sending country.

The study projects 1.8 million immigrants entering the U.S. for the year, based on prior patterns.

It is known that at least 1.3 million immigrants entered the country within the first six months of last year, according to Census Bureau data.

The level of immigration increased across several years to reach the high level it did in 2016.

“This represents a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2015, a 21 percent increase over 2014, and a 53 percent increase over 2011, when new immigration reached a low point after the recession,” the study said.


CIS said that although all of the data has not yet been released, there is a good chance that immigration in 2016 will approach a U.S. record.

“It seems almost certain that when data becomes available for all of 2016 it will show 1.8 million new immigrants arrived in 2016, matching 1999 — the largest number of new immigration in a single year in American history,” CIS reported.

The data also shows that 2015 was a record year, with 1.6 million immigrants moving to the country, the most in 15 years.

“Mexico remains the top sending country, with 190,000 immigrants (legal and illegal) settling in the United States in 2015, and with 216,000 likely coming in all of 2016,” the report stated.

Despite the high numbers, there used to be more from the country than in recent years.


“While the number of new arrivals from Mexico has roughly doubled since 2011, the number coming remains well below the annual level that existed more than decade ago,” reported CIS.

The study claims that the high immigration rates are the result of several factors.

“The dramatic increase in new immigrants settling in the United States in recent years is primarily driven by the nation’s generous legal immigration system for both long-term temporary visa holders (e.g. guest workers and foreign students) and new permanent residents (green card holders),” the report said.

It also faults policies that allow children to enter the country without parents.

“The decision to admit large numbers of unaccompanied minors, as well as minors traveling with adults, likely accounts for some of the increase in new illegal immigration, particularly from Central America.”

The data that CIS authors Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler used to write their analysis comes from the Census Bureau’s public-use data based on the 2016 American Community Survey, particularly utilizing the question that asks when immigrants came to the U.S. to live.

The research only includes those who are not U.S. citizens, such as those born from immigrant parents, or those born in U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico.