New CMS Report: Surge in Immigration in 2014 and 2015? The Evidence Remains Illusory

ESPMI Network

Robert Warren of the Centre for Migration Studies has released new evidence refuting the findings of a June 2016 report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) ‘New Data: Immigration Surged in 2014 and 2015‘, which purported a surge in undocumented immigrants to the United States. After a close inspection of the CIS report, Warren has concluded the following key findings:

  • The reported increases in arrivals and foreign-born population growth in 2014 and 2015 are well within the bounds of normal annual fluctuations observed in Census Bureau survey data over the past 15 years.
  • Any increases were the result of: (1) an increase in temporary admissions, mostly students and temporary workers and their families; and, (2) the arrival of immigrants (overwhelmingly those with legal status) who resided here in previous years, left for some period, and returned.[1] The movement of the latter group, referred to here as…

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