10 MILLON IMMIGRANTS: WHITE HOUSE REALITY CHECK
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.