New government data shows 1.6 million legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States during 2014, up 40 percent since President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009.
The government data, which was publicized by the Center for Immigration Studies, also showed 914,000 immigrants in the first six months of 2015, putting the nation on track to accept almost 2 million immigrants in just one year.
The almost 2 million 2015 migrants arrived as almost 4 million Americans were born, and as almost 4 million American graduates turned 18 and began looking for jobs in a sluggish economy. That’s roughly one new immigrant, legal and illegal, for every two Americans who began looking for a job in 2015.
In addition, almost 9 percent of all babies born in the United States during 2013 — or roughly 300,000 babies — were birthed by illegal immigrants. If those births are discounted, the likely 2015 inflow of migrants was very close to one immigrant for every two births to American parents.
In 2014, the inflow of 1.6 million migrants added up to two new immigrants for every five births or every five new graduates.