According to new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), around 8.5 million immigrants were granted lawful permanent residence in the United States, or green cards, during former President Barack Obama’s two terms in office.
Breitbart News reported that while there was a massive number of green cards issued under Obama, former President George H.W. Bush allowed 5.38 million immigrants to have green cards from 1989 to 1992, averaging 1.29 million immigrants per year, compared to Obama’s 1.05 million per year.
They also note that Obama made it a goal to give out 30 million green cards over the course of a decade, and fell far short of that, as well as not granting permanent amnesty to 3.25 million illegals through the failed DREAM Act.
But Obama’s 8.5 million legalized immigrants almost equal the estimated nine million Americans who are unable to find a job in the United States, according to a December 2017 calculation, Breitbart reports.
The legal immigrants granted green cards under Obama represent only a fraction of the problem, as an estimated four hundred thousand people entering the United States illegally were caught at the border and sent home in 2016. Legal immigrants numbered 1,183,505 in 2016, and there is no plausible way to know how many slid past detection and were able to find refuge in the country.
According to the DHS’s 2016 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, Table 22 lists the “Persons Naturalized by State or Territory of Residence: Fiscal Years 2014 to 2016.” The top five states to grant lawful permanent residence to foreign nationals in 2016 were:
- California – 151,830
- New York – 93,376
- Florida – 88,764
- Texas – 63,945
- New Jersey – 40,344
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