Illegal immigration is up 57 percent, according to a study by a nonprofit research group pushing to reduce even legal immigration.
Using numbers from the Census Bureau, the Center for Immigration Studies claims illegal immigration has surged by 57 percent over the past two years, with 1.1 million new undocumented immigrants arriving in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015. That number is reportedly up from 700,000 in 2012 and 2013.
CIS claims more than 1.5 million illegal and legal immigration enter the U.S. per year, which is higher than before the 2007 recession.
“The latest Census Bureau data shows that the scale of new immigration is clearly enormous,” the study’s author and director of research at CIS, Steven Camarota, said.
The numbers raise profound questions about assimilation and the impact of immigration on the nation’s education system, infrastructure, and labor market, as well as the size and density of the U.S. population. It is difficult to find a public policy that has a more profound impact across American society than the level of immigration. It is certainly appropriate that immigration should be at the center of the current presidential election.