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Crime and Welfare: Two Myths of Immigration

How do you become a US citizen?

In order to become a US citizen, you must have a green card for at least five years. In addition, you must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing and able to read, write, and speak basic English. To learn more, please click here.

What is illegal immigration?

Illegal immigration refers to the migration of individuals into a country in ways the violated that country’s immigration laws. It also refers to individuals who entered the country legally but overstayed their visas. 

How many legal immigrants come to America each year?

America has averaged about one million permanent new residents a year for the last few decades. The Department of Homeland Security’s “Immigration Data & Statistics” page has the relevant data here.