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REPORT: Chain Migration Pushed US Immigration Levels To Record High In 2016

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The U.S. system of extended family migration contributed to surge in immigration in 2016, with the number of entries likely surpassing a previous record set nearly two decades ago, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data.

An estimated 1.8 million immigrants — legal and illegal — settled in the U.S. in 2016, about 53 percent more than in 2011, when a still-historically high 1.1 million people immigrated.

The 2016 figure comes courtesy of a

report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which crunched recently released data from the American Community Survey for the first six months of 2016, and then projected a full-year total based on historical patterns. The total number of immigrants includes green card holders, long-term “temporary” visitors like guest workers and foreign students, new asylum seekers, and illegal immigrants.

As the CIS analysis shows, immigration has rebounded from a recent low point in 2011, reaching a level not seen even during the era of mass immigration through Ellis Island in the early 20th century. The number of immigrants entering the U.S. has risen every year since 2011, and nearly 14 million immigrants settled here in the decade between 2006 and 2016, according to the CIS report.

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