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The Democrat Party is strongly in favor of increasing legal immigration as well as being less strict on illegal immigration, but they just got some tough news.
Legal immigration into the United States was lashed dramatically between October 2019 and October 2020 The CATO Institute said, Breitbart News reported.
“The second half of [fiscal year] 2020 saw 92 percent fewer immigrants from abroad than the first half, which was larger than any annual decline in the history of the United States,” the report from October 13 penned by David Bier, a migration advocate, said.
“Legal immigration almost wholly stopped in April and May 2020—after the State Department closed its consulates and President Trump issued a proclamation suspending new visa issuances to most immigrant categories. It has recovered slightly since then, but it remains 84 percent below last year (which was also a down year).
“This is the lowest rate of immigration except for three years during World War II and one year during the Great Depression,” he said.
But Bier’s calculation only covers the arrival of new workers and green card recipients from overseas, and so it excludes the award of green cards to many people who were already in the United States.
A green card converts foreigners into Legal Permanent Residents and allows them to become citizens in five years.
In most years, the two outside and visitor groups each provide roughly half of the roughly one million new legal immigrants to the United States. Breitbart News reported in January 2020.
“The number of foreigners getting green cards and legal resident status in the United States dropped by just 7.3 percent from 2016 to 2018, according to data released January 6 by the Department of Homeland Security,” Breitbart said.
“The small but useful decline from 1.18 million in 2016 down to 1.1 million in 2018 means that for every 14 green cards handed out in 2016, just 13 green cards were handed out in 2018. This drop reduces the flood of new workers to employers, and it nudges down housing pressure and school overcrowding,” it said.
In 2016 the inflow of migrants added up to the sum of 618,000 in 2016, 560,000 in 2017, 462,000 in 2019, and 264,000 in 2020.
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The 2020 numbers are a drop of 53 percent from the 2017 migrants. The immigration reforms made by President Trump also dropped the number of white-collar visa workers and asylum-seeking economic migrants, but many of those who were blocked in 2020 will get green cards in 2021.
“This historic slowdown is important for both the short‐term and long‐term economic growth of the United States. Fewer workers mean that jobs will take longer to fill and slow the economic recovery, and in coming years, fewer workers will support more retirees. If the United States remains closed long enough, it could push worldwide patterns of immigration away toward other countries with more welcoming policies,” Bier said.
It may not be welcome for the big wigs and companies that depend on the cheap foreign labor but it is fantastic news for American workers who need well paying jobs.