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.