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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released data showing sharp drops in legal migration from several unstable countries during 2018.
The migration decline is described in the new “Yearbook of Immigration Statistics 2018,” but the yearbook does not explain why the award of green cards to legal migrants has declined. The yearbook also excludes data from 2019.
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President Donald Trump’s 2017 and 2018 cuts to refugee inflows and his focus on airline security helped to reduce the arrival of legal, green card migrants from the so-called “travel ban” countries, Forbes reported. For example, the inflow of legal immigrants from the five “travel ban” Muslim countries dropped from 28,743 to 10,148. That is a 65 percent drop for the group, which includes Syria, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, and Libya.
The inflow of new legal immigrants from Burma dropped by almost 40 percent; Iraq fell by 24 percent; Vietnam fell by 18 percent; and China fell by 20 percent, from 82,000 in 2016 to 65,000 in 2018, Forbes reported.
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Overall, the inflow dropped from 1,183,505 new legal immigrants in 2016, down to 1,096,611 immigrants in 2018, said the Forbes article, adding, “Legal immigration declined by almost 87,000, by more than 7%, between FY 2016 and FY 2018.”
However, without cooperation from Congress, there is little that Trump can do to force down the overall level of immigration, said Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
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“That is a slowdown rather than a shutdown,” she said, adding that most of the 2018 green card reductions may be recovered once the immigration agencies speed up their process in a nation of 325 million people.
“Very little can actually change from year to year because [Congress allows] an unlimited number of immediate relatives [spouses, minor children and parents], and the family; employment and [diversity] lottery numbers are fixed...
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