The above-linked article appeared on Reuters yesterday, reporting that in 2017, family-based immigration dropped dramatically. But it’s not as though few visas are being approved. The charts embedded in the article also paint a picture of just how out-of-control immigration had gotten since 2000. Virtually all U.S. population growth is due to immigration, both legal and illegal, and family-based immigration accounts for at least half of that growth. In 2015, over one million family, fiance and “other relative” visas were approved. But in 2017:
- Family visas fell to 541,000 vs. 755,000 in 2015, a drop of 28%.
- “Other relative” visas fell to 62,000 in 2017 vs. 254,000 in 2015, a drop of 76%.
- Fiance visas fell to 33,000 in 2017 vs. 54,000 in 2015, a drop of 39%.
In addition, the Trump administration is seeking even more drastic cuts as a condition for allowing DACA immigrants (children brought here illegally by their parents) to remain permanently in the U.S.
And, based upon monthly border arrest data, illegal immigration declined in 2017 by about 40% – roughly equivalent to 400,000 people.
Add all this up and U.S. immigration in 2017 was cut almost in half, by over one million people.
It’s also important to note that, contrary to the dire predictions of economic decline by immigration advocates who claim that immigration is critical to providing needed skills and entrepreneurship, the decline in immigration in 2017 has been accompanied by a surging economy.
Trump should be applauded for doing a fantastic job of following through on his campaign promise to rein in out-of-control immigration.