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    Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News, April 2, 2013

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    Legal immigrants to the United States from Asia outnumbered legal immigrants from any other region of the world in fiscal 2012, according to new data from the Department of Homeland Security.

    That makes 2012 the second year in a row when Asia has been the number one source of legal immigrants to the Untied States, with Asian immigrants outnumbering immigrants from Europe, from Africa, and from the entire continents of North and South America combined.

    429,599 people from Asian nations were granted permanent legal resident status in the United States in fiscal 2012, according to DHS. By contrast, a combined 407,172 people from nations in North America (327,771) and South America (79,401) were granted permanent legal resident status. 107,241 new legal permanent residents in fiscal 2012 came from African nations, 81,671 from European nations, and 4,742 from Oceania.

    In fiscal 2011, 451,593 people from Asian nations were granted permanent legal resident status in the United States, compared to a combined 419,998 people from North America (333,902) and South America (86,096). In fiscal 2011, 100,374 Africans, 83,850 Europeans, and 4,980 people from Oceania were given permanent legal resident status.

    In fiscal 2010, legal immigration from the Americas was slightly greater than legal immigration from Asia. In that year, a combined 423,721 people from North America (336,553) and South America (87,178) were given permanent legal resident status in the United States, while 422,063 from Asia were given permanent legal resident status.

    In years prior to 2010, legal immigration from other American nations outpaced legal immigration from Asia be larger margins. In 2009, for example, 478,040 people from North America (375,180) and South America (102,860) were granted legal permanent resident status, while 413,312 from Asia were granted that status. In 2008, 491,745 people from North America (393,196) and South America (98,549) were given permanent legal resident status, while 399,027 from Asia were given that status.

    Although more Asians than North Americans received permanent legal resident status in the United States in fiscal 2012, Mexico with 146,406 people winning permanent legal resident status was the single nation sending the largest number of legal immigrants to the United States during the fiscal year. China was second with 81,784, India was third with 66,434, and the Philippines were fourth with 57,327.

    Overall, legal immigration has declined slightly during the Obama presidency. In fiscal 2009, which started in October 2008, the United States granted 1,130,818 people permanent legal resident status, according to DHS. In fiscal 2010, it was 1,042,625; in fiscal 2011, it was 1,062,040; and in fiscal 2012, it was 1,031,631.

    The majority of legal immigrants to the United States in fiscal 2012 were relatives of people already here, according to DHS. “Nearly 66 percent of the new LPRs were granted permanent resident status based on a family relationship with a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States,” said a DHS report on the fiscal 2012 immigration data.

    “U.S. law gives priority for LPR status to foreign nationals who have a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen or LPR, needed for job skills, refugee or asylee status, or who come from countries with relatively low levels of immigration to the United States,” said the report.

    “Family-sponsored preferences,” says the report, “consist of four catogories: unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their children; spouses, children and unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and their children; married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children; and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens aged 21 and older and their spouses and children.”

    Other nations in the Americas first became the leading source of legal immigrants to the United States in the decade of the 1960s (1960-69) and remained the leading source in every full decade since then, according to DHS. For historical data compiled by DHS on the national origin of legal immigrants to the United States dating back to the 1820s click here.

    Here are the 25 nations that provided the largest number of legal immigrants to the United States in fiscal 2012:


    Nation............................Legal Immigrants

    1. Mexico.........................146,406
    2. China............................81,784
    3. India..............................66,434
    4. Philippines...................57,327
    5. Dominican Republic....41,566
    6. Cuba.............................32,820
    7. Vietnam........................28,304
    8. Haiti...............................22,818
    9. Colombia......................20,931
    10. South Korea................20,846
    11. Jamaica.......................20,705
    12. Iraq...............................20,369
    13. Burma..........................17,383
    14. El Salvador..................16,256
    15. Pakistan.......................14,740
    16. Bangladesh..................14,705
    17. Ethiopia........................14,544
    18. Nigeria..........................13,575
    19. Canada.........................12,932
    20. Iran.................................12,916
    21. Peru................................12,609
    22. United Kingdom............12,014
    23. Brazil..............................11,441
    24. Nepal..............................11,312
    25. Ghana.............................10,592

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ought Six View Post
    Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News, April 2, 2013

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/dhs-...ericans-fy2012
    quite surprised on Iraq and Iran

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    "Nation............................Legal Immigrants
    1. Mexico.........................146,406
    2. China............................81,784
    3. India..............................66,434
    4. Philippines...................57,327
    5. Dominican Republic....41,566
    6. Cuba.............................32,820
    7. Vietnam........................28,304
    8. Haiti...............................22,818
    9. Colombia......................20,931
    10. South Korea................20,846
    11. Jamaica.......................20,705
    12. Iraq...............................20,369
    13. Burma..........................17,383
    14. El Salvador..................16,256
    15. Pakistan.......................14,740
    16. Bangladesh..................14,705
    17. Ethiopia........................14,544
    18. Nigeria..........................13,575
    19. Canada.........................12,932
    20. Iran.................................12,916
    21. Peru................................12,609
    22. United Kingdom............12,014
    23. Brazil..............................11,441
    24. Nepal..............................11,312
    25. Ghana.............................10,592"

    And illegals outnumber them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    "Nation............................Legal Immigrants
    1. Mexico.........................146,406
    2. China............................81,784
    3. India..............................66,434
    4. Philippines...................57,327
    5. Dominican Republic....41,566
    6. Cuba.............................32,820
    7. Vietnam........................28,304
    8. Haiti...............................22,818
    9. Colombia......................20,931
    10. South Korea................20,846
    11. Jamaica.......................20,705
    12. Iraq...............................20,369
    13. Burma..........................17,383
    14. El Salvador..................16,256
    15. Pakistan.......................14,740
    16. Bangladesh..................14,705
    17. Ethiopia........................14,544
    18. Nigeria..........................13,575
    19. Canada.........................12,932
    20. Iran.................................12,916
    21. Peru................................12,609
    22. United Kingdom............12,014
    23. Brazil..............................11,441
    24. Nepal..............................11,312
    25. Ghana.............................10,592"
    Really interesting numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    And illegals outnumber them all.

    Glad I finished my supper before I saw this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgt_G View Post
    Glad I finished my supper before I saw this...
    Hey, it's close though. It's only about a 15 to 1 ratio. Bang up job Washington. Let's take oh, Mexico for example. As of 2011 there were an estimated 6.7 million illegal Mexicans in the US. So 6,700,000 / 146,406 = 46. 46 illegal Mexicans for every ONE who comes here legally.

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/15...united-states/

    (Cue the, "OMG he said, "Mexican" that ****ing RACIST!" crowd.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    Hey, it's close though. It's only about a 15 to 1 ratio. Bang up job Washington. Let's take oh, Mexico for example. As of 2011 there were an estimated 6.7 million illegal Mexicans in the US. So 6,700,000 / 146,406 = 46. 46 illegal Mexicans for every ONE who comes here legally.

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/15...united-states/

    (Cue the, "OMG he said, "Mexican" that ****ing RACIST!" crowd.)
    Eh, I thought this was about rates? # of immigrants per year. That 6.7 million seems like a total. You would need the amount that entered illegaly for 2012 to compare to the amount that entered legally for the same year. I still expect illegal to be higher, though. 146,000 legal entries seems small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    Hey, it's close though. It's only about a 15 to 1 ratio. Bang up job Washington. Let's take oh, Mexico for example. As of 2011 there were an estimated 6.7 million illegal Mexicans in the US. So 6,700,000 / 146,406 = 46. 46 illegal Mexicans for every ONE who comes here legally.

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/15...united-states/

    (Cue the, "OMG he said, "Mexican" that ****ing RACIST!" crowd.)

    Btw of all the "Legal" Immigrants US gets "Skilled Based" accounts for only.. roughly around 13-14 %.
    http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s...pr_fr_2011.pdf


    We need more skilled based immigration in STEM fields. Also, it is time to cut 55000 diversity based GC though lottery irrespective of skill and give those GC to highly-in demand skilled workers and reduce the massive backlog.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/286...set-to-the-us-

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACDC View Post
    Btw of all the "Legal" Immigrants US gets "Skilled Based" accounts for only.. roughly around 13-14 %.
    http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s...pr_fr_2011.pdf


    We need more skilled based immigration in STEM fields. Also, it is time to cut 55000 diversity based GC though lottery irrespective of skill and give those GC to highly-in demand skilled workers and reduce the massive backlog.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/286...set-to-the-us-
    Other countries have high criteria to become a citizen. I don't know why we don't. Hell, I'd let everybody with a STEM degree jump right to the front of the line (if they could prove they earned it anyway).


    Quote Originally Posted by pieisawesome View Post
    Eh, I thought this was about rates? # of immigrants per year. That 6.7 million seems like a total. You would need the amount that entered illegaly for 2012 to compare to the amount that entered legally for the same year. I still expect illegal to be higher, though. 146,000 legal entries seems small.
    True. Hard (if not impossible) to say what the yearly numbers are.

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    Australia, Canada and UK have a great point based system based on skills, education and adaptability.

    It works very well.

    Also, all STEM (esp. from US Universities) workers who are already working in US have earned the right to legal permanent residence in my opinion , they should be welcome and not put in a line to wait years and years and years.

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    This is a criteria for Canada ...one needs 67 points to be eligible. Once eligible (criminal checks etc.), you get a Canadian PR. No drama no crazy backlogs and pretty straight forward.

    http://www.workpermit.com/canada/points_calculator.htm

    Due to crazy DOL regulations and massive GC quotas & backlogs my company had to move many highly skilled STEM workers to Canada. US is bleeding Talent.

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    none from european nations (beside the UK).

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    Illegals do outnumber the legal immigrants every year (easily).

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinny_121_ND View Post
    none from european nations (beside the UK).
    It's not that there were none, they just didn't make the top 25 countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugiahua View Post
    quite surprised on Iraq and Iran
    Not really. If I was from one of those countries and it was still possible for me to go the US, I would high-tail it as fast as possible as well.

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