- More than 1 million immigrants became legal permanent residents (LPRs) of the United States in 2012.
- Of the new U.S. residents, 14 percent came from Mexico, 7.9 percent from China, and 6.4 percent from India.
- The immigration process allows priority to foreign nationals who have a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen or LPR, have needed work skills, have refugee or asylee status, or are native of countries with low immigration rates to the U.S.
- Every year, more than half of new LPRs are current residents whose status is changed to permanent.
- Including orphans, nearly 8 percent of all new LPRs in 2012 were children with immediate relatives as current citizens in the U.S, and 33.2 percent of immigrants were under the age of 25.
- Between 2009 and 2012, more than 70 percent of immigrants came from Asia and North America every year.
- More than 550,000 LPRs in 2012 were women and more than 600,000 were married individuals.
- Immigrants are an essential element of a strong U.S. economy, fulfilling the intrinsic need of the labor force for workers.
- By 2026, it is predicted that the government will have a shortage of 20 million workers.
- In the U.S., 5 states have become minority-majority, which means that less than half of the population of that state is non-Hispanic white and the minorities combined have become the majority.
- For the first time in 2012, the majority of babies under age 1 were black, Hispanic, Asian, or another non-white race.
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Sources: DHS, Texas Tribune, Washington Post