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Agency releases chart book on immigration trends

The Congressional Research Service recently released a chart book of key immigration trends relating to the main elements of comprehensive immigration reform. U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends was authored by Ruth Ellen Wasem, specialist in Immigration Policy. The 24-page report offers “snapshots of time series data, the most complete and consistent time series currently available for each statistics.” Key findings are summarized with 17 figures, and the summary offers the highlights of key immigration trends. Among other things, the chart book reports on certain historical points of immigration and the scope of legal immigration, and immigration control. The report also covers the three main components of the unauthorized resident alien population: (1) aliens who enter the country surreptitiously without inspection, (2) aliens who overstay their nonimmigrant visas, and (3) aliens who are admitted on the basis of fraudulent document.