While these numbers out today are truly shocking, remember that even more dangerous than the quantity of migration into the U.S. is the quality. In most cases these are not your great-grandfather’s immigrants, who came to Ellis Island with a sponsor and were ready to learn English, work and become Americans first, not Italian-Americans, German-Americans or Irish-Americans, just plain Americans. Many today are purely economic migrants who harbor no intentions of assimilating and will seek to “get” whatever they can from the U.S. Treasury in the form of welfare payments, meaning they will be a sure vote for the Democratic Party. Those who do find jobs will send a portion of their checks back home in the form of a remittance. The United Nations, as part of its 2030 Agenda signed onto by Barack Obama and 190 other world leaders, says nations should make it cheap and easy for migrants to send remittances and that wealthy nations must also offer affordable healthcare, housing, transportation and education for all Third World migrants crossing into their borders, legally or illegally.
By LEO HOHMANN
Newly released Census Bureau data shows that 1.03 million immigrants, legal and illegal, settled in the United States in the first six months of 2016, an astonishing number by all historic comparisons.
The 1 million figure amounts to a typical year’s worth of immigrants that came to the U.S. in six months during the waning months of the Obama administration.
The numbers for the first half of 2016 represent a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2015, a 24 percent increase over 2014, and a 53 percent increase over the first half of 2011.
If previous patterns held up, that means a total of 1.8 million migrants likely entered the U.S. in all of 2016, according to projections by the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies.
The data comes from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and shows a dramatic rebound in the number of new immigrants settling in the country, since bottoming out in 2011, when new arrivals fell after the Great Recession.
Newly arrived immigrants include new permanent legal residents with government-issued green-cards, long-term term “temporary” visitors such as guest workers and foreign students, along with new asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.
Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and co-author of the report, called these dramatic increases “truly extraordinary.”
“Our generous legal immigration system allows in a huge number of immigrants and then permits them to sponsor their relatives creating a multiplier effect,” he said.
Camarota was referring to the controversial policy of “chain migration” that has contributed to nearly 14 million immigrants settling in the U.S. between 2006 to 2016.
“The numbers have profound implications for American schools, taxpayers, workers as well as our culture and national security,” he said. “Yet the whole system is allowed to run largely on autopilot with few asking whether any of this makes sense for our country.”
Based on past patterns, it seems almost certain that when data becomes available for all of 2016 it will show 1.8 million new immigrants arrived in 2016, matching 1999 —the highest level of new immigration in a single year in American history, according to CIS.
The 1.8 million migrants who likely came in 2016 and the 1.6 million who came in 2015 are a continuation of a dramatic rebound in immigration since 2011. In 2014, 1.5 million came, in 2013 1.3 million arrived, in 2012 it was 1.2 million and in 2011 1.1 million new immigrants settled in the country.
Not your great-grandparents’ immigrant
Regions showing the most dramatic increase in new arrivals between 2011 and 2015 are Central America (up 132 percent), South America (up 114 percent), the Caribbean (up 64 percent), and the Middle East and South Asia both up 52 percent. South Asia includes Indian, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Let’s not forget that just two weeks ago the Bangladeshi migrant, a Muslim named Akayed Ullah, who came to the U.S. on a chain migration plan, tried to blow up the Ports Authority bus terminal in New York City. The bomb in his suicide vest malfunctioned and didn’t fully explode, but if it had police said dozens would have been killed and possibly hundreds injured.
Bangladesh and Pakistan are both Muslim-majority nations with active jihadist infestations with a direct pipeline to the United States through chain migration.
Check out my article from last week about the massive uptick in illegal asylum seekers showing up at the U.S. border, most coming from Central America but a surprising number from India, Pakistan and African nations such as Eritrea.
Further evidence of a renewed border surge was reported this week by the San Diego Union Tribune.
Mexico remains the top sending country, with 190,000 immigrants (legal and illegal) settling in the United States in 2015, and 216,000 likely coming in all of 2016. While the number of new arrivals from Mexico has roughly doubled since 2011, the number coming remains well below the annual level more than decade ago.
The dramatic increase in new immigrants settling in the United States in recent years is primarily driven by the nation’s generous legal immigration system, both long-term temporary visa holders (e.g. guest workers and foreign students) and new permanent residents (green cards).
The decision to admit large numbers of unaccompanied minors at the southern border, along with the adults traveling with them, likely accounts for some of the increase in new illegal immigration, particularly from Central America.