In this 2015 post, we explore how Americans' views of immigration have shifted since the enactment of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.
Following the signing of an executive order that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, here are key facts about the refugees entering the United States.
While Mexico is the United States' largest source of immigrants, the number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined since 2007.
Canada resettled 28,000 refugees in 2018, similar to its 2017 total. Meanwhile, the U.S. resettled 23,000, down from the previous year.
More than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2017.
There were 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2017. The number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants declined since 2007.
The number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants has fallen since its peak of 6.9 million in 2007 and was lower in 2017 than in any year since 2001.
Recently arrived immigrants have markedly different education, income and other characteristics from those who have been in the U.S. for longer.
Border apprehensions are rising quickly and the demographic profile of apprehended migrants is changing.
In 2016, the 20 U.S. metro areas with the most unauthorized immigrants were home to 6.5 million of them, or 61% of the estimated total.