Chain Migration Nets More Than 9 Million New Immigrants in 10 Years – by Brian Thomas
According to newly released data from the Department of Homeland Security, every seven out of ten new immigrant arrivals come to the U.S. purely due to having a family member who immigrated here.
Chain migration allows for family members of immigrants who legally entered the country for reasons such as employment to settle in the U.S. simply for family reunification.
President Trump has repeatedly stood against chain migration, on the basis that it offers a legal point of entry based solely on sponsorship of families without consideration for employment intent.
CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Legal immigrants are permitted entry into the U.S. based on what the foreign national can offer in our national interest. Chain migration, however, allows “sponsorship” of many family members, including adult sons and daughters, and their children.
Unbelievably, 70% of immigrants aren’t admitted into the U.S. based on legitimate reasons for entry such as employment, but because they’re related to somebody who immigrated here.
More than nine million relatives of immigrants came to the country based on family ties alone in the past ten years, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Previously unreleased DHS information on the number of foreign relatives who enter the U.S. simply because their family member is an immigrant sheds light on the massive scale of this process that is known as “chain migration.”
According to the data, about 9.3 million foreign nationals have come to the U.S. as chain migrants between 2005 and 2016. In that same time period, a total of 13.06 million foreign nationals have entered the U.S. through the legal immigration system, as every seven out of ten new arrivals come to the country for nothing other than family reunification.
This makes chain migration the largest driver of immigration to the U.S. — making up more than 70 percent — with every two new immigrants bringing seven foreign relatives with them.
The implications here are astounding. Working immigrants who’ve become US citizens can, without consideration of employability, sponsor their nieces and nephews, their adult children and grandchildren, and their adult brothers and sisters.
Even with just a green card, adult children can be given entry just so long as they aren’t married.
All this, without consideration of employment. In fact, chain migration has become such a problem that only one out of 15 immigrants admitted entry to the US came based on employment purposes.
Currently, only one in 15 foreign nationals admitted to the U.S. come to the country based on skills and employment purposes. Though roughly 150,000 employment-based Green Cards are allotted every year, half of those Green Cards actually go to the foreign relatives of employees.
The DHS data is the first time the agency has ever released chain migration statistics broken down into the country of origin from which foreign nationals arrive to the U.S.
In the last decade, 1.7 million chain migrants have entered the country from Mexico, with the average Mexican immigrant bringing roughly six foreign relatives with them to the U.S. Mexico sends more chain migrants to the U.S. than any other country.
Over the past ten years, these countries have sent the following number of chain migrants to the U.S.:
- 600,000 from India
- 600,000 from the Phillippines
- 500,000 from China
- 177,000 from Pakistan
- 80,252 from Iran
[…] President Trump has repeatedly called for the GOP-led Congress to end chain migration, calling it a “disaster” for the country. Trump has also long backed Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue’s (R-GA) RAISE Act, which would end chain migration and cut legal immigration in half in order to raise wages for American workers.
Somehow, simply being related to a person with skills and employment purposes exempts an adult foreign national from having to demonstrate those to enter the country.
Numbers USA explains how it works:
It is the primary mechanism that has caused legal immigration in the U.S. to quadruple from about 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than 1 million annually since 1990. As such, it is one of the chief culprits in America’s current record-breaking population boom and all the attendant sprawl, congestion, and school overcrowding that damage Americans’ quality of life.
Chain Migration starts with a foreign citizen chosen by our government to be admitted on the basis of what he/she is supposed to offer in our national interest. The Original Immigrant is allowed to bring in his/her nuclear family consisting of a spouse and minor children. After that, the chain begins. Once the Original Immigrant and his/her spouse becomes a U.S. citizen, they can petition for their parents, adult sons/daughters and their spouses and children, and their adult siblings.
- 1st Preference: Unmarried sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their children (capped at 23,400/year)
- 2nd Preference: Spouses, children, and unmarried sons/daughters of green card holders (capped at 114,000/year)
- 3rd Preference: Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children (capped at 23,400/year)
- 4th Preference: Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens (at least 21 years of age) and their spouses and children (capped at (65,000/year)
If you think this is getting crazy, just remember that many Democrats want to make things even worse by providing amnesty for illegal immigrants, without restricting chain migration.