35 US Immigration Statistics and Facts (2020) | By the Numbers



us immigration statistics and facts

With so much debate going on in the public and political arenas about Trump's proposed travel bans and border walls, I got curious as to where we actually stood in the US in terms of legal and illegal immigration and our intake of refugees. I recently sat down to see what I could dig up for US immigration statistics. Here are the more interesting stats I was able to find.

As always, I will be adding to and updating this list as close to monthly as possible or as I come across new stats. Be sure to check back often for the latest numbers.

See also: Sanctuary City Facts and Statistics

US Immigration Statistics and Facts

Number of immigrants living in the US in 2017:

44.4 million


Percentage of the US population that immigrants make up:

13.6%

Last updated 2017


Number of immigrants living in the US in 1960:

9.7 million


Percentage of the US population that immigrants made up in 1960:

5.4%


Decrease in US boarder removals by ICE from 2016-2017:

17%


Percentage of US deportations by ICE in FY 2016 that involved people at or near the border:

85%


Number US office of Field Operations Immigrant Inadmissibility Determination in FY 2016:

274, 821 determinations


Number of US Border Patrol Apprehensions in FY 2016:

415,816 apprehensions


Number of ICE Arrests in FY 2017:

143,470 arrests


Number of ICE Arrests in FY 2016:

114,434 arrests


Number of US Department of Homeland Security Deportations in FY 2016:

450,954 deportations


Total number of legal immigrants to the US in FY 2017:

1.127 million


Total number of legal immigrants to the US in FY 2016:

1.183 million


Total number of legal immigrants to the US in FY 2015:

1.051 million


Total number of legal immigrants to the US in FY 2014:

1.016 million


Total number of legal immigrants to the US in FY 2013:

990,553


Most popular country of origin for legal US immigrants each year FY 2015-2017:

Mexico


Second most popular country of origin for legal US immigrants each year FY 2015-2017:

China


Third most popular country of origin for legal US immigrants in FY 2016 and FY 2017:

Cuba


Third most popular country of origin for legal US immigrants in FY 2015:

India


Number of US adoptions of immigrant orphans in FY 2015:

5,462


Most popular country of origin for US adoptions of immigrant orphans in FY 2015:

China (2,343 adoptions)


Number of refugee arrivals to the US in FY 2015:

69,920


Number of refugee arrivals to the US in FY 2014:

69,975


Number of refugee arrivals to the US in FY 2013:

69,909


Number of refugee arrivals to the US in FY 2012:

58,179


Number of refugee arrivals to the US in FY 2011:

56,384


Number of refugee arrivals to the US in FY 2010:

73,293


Year with highest number of refugee arrivals to the US since 1980:

1980 (207,116)


Most popular country of origin for refugees to the US in FY 2015:

Burma (18,386 refugees)


Number of persons naturalized as US citizens in FY 2015:

730,259


Number US citizen naturalization petitions denied in 2015:

75,810


Year with highest number of US citizen naturalizations since 1907:

1997 (1.4 million)


Year with highest number of US citizen  naturalization petitions denied since 1907:

2000 (399,670)


Estimated number of unauthorized immigrants living in the US:

10.7 million

Last updated 6/3/19


Estimated number of unauthorized immigrants living in the US in 2014:

11.1 million


Estimated number of unauthorized immigrants living in the US in 1990:

3.5 million


Year with estimated peak number of unauthorized immigrants living in the US:

2007 (12.2 million)


Number of unauthorized immigrants from Mexico in 2017:

5.4 million


Peak year for unauthorized immigrants from Mexico:

2007 (6.9 million)


Estimated number of unauthorized immigrants in the US that live with their US-born children:

4 million

Last updated 2012


Estimated number of unauthorized immigrants that were given temporary protection from deportation under various recent Federal actions:

10%

Last updated 9/21/16


ICE Quick Facts:

  • ICE website: www.ice.gov
  • Full agency name: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Year ICE was established: 2003
  • Number of ICE employees: 20,000
  • Number of ICE offices: 400
  • ICE parent agency: US Department of Homeland Security