US Immigration Statistics, History and Facts (2021)



Here are a few of the most interesting US Immigration statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

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

See also: Sanctuary City Facts and Statistics


 

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These US Immigration stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.