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Me­dia treat­ment of im­mi­gra­tion is of­ten fraught with melo­drama, Trump-bash­ing and con­fu­sion. That is a given. It’s help­ful, how­ever, to have num­bers to point the way to truth.

“In light of re­cent news cov­er­age of the in­flux of border-crossers over­whelm­ing the U.S. asy­lum sys­tem and im­mi­gra­tion courts, some nu­mer­i­cal con­text is nec­es­sary to un­der­stand just how ex­pan­sive hu­man­i­tar­ian-based im­mi­gra­tion to the United States re­ally is,” White House of­fi­cials said in a com­pre­hen­sive state­ment.

“From Fis­cal Year 2008 to Fis­cal Year 2017, the U.S. granted law­ful per­ma­nent res­i­dent sta­tus to 1,761,927 mi­grants for hu­man­i­tar­ian rea­sons through these var­i­ous pro­grams — a pop­u­la­tion of foreign na­tion­als that is larger than the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of Philadel­phia. This num­ber does not in­clude the nearly half a mil­lion (442,071) mi­grants who be­came ben­e­fi­cia­ries of tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus and de­ferred en­forced de­par­ture for hu­man­i­tar­ian rea­sons,” the White House said, not­ing that ben­e­fi­cia­ries have hailed from El Sal­vador, Guinea, Haiti, Hon­duras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan, Syria and Ye­men. The fi­nal tally, how­ever, tops 10 mil­lion. “Hu­man­i­tar­ian-based im­mi­gra­tion ac­counted for one-sixth of all per­ma­nent im­mi­gra­tion to the U.S. in the past decade. But these fig­ures do not in­clude the mil­lions more pre­dom­i­nantly low-skilled im­mi­grants the U.S. has ac­cepted dur­ing this time. In to­tal, the U.S. has per­ma­nently re­set­tled over 10 mil­lion im­mi­grants (10,743,014) since 2008 — this in­cludes nearly half a mil­lion foreign na­tion­als (478,325) who were ad­mit­ted as visa lot­tery win­ners, and over 7 mil­lion foreign na­tion­als (7,756,985) who were ad­mit­ted on the ba­sis of fam­ily ties,” the state­ment said.

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