Discussion: The Immigration
Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 granted amnesty to many illegal
immigrants, resulting in the large increase after 1987.. For similar data
with a longer time trend see the
Public Agenda website.
Key Question: What's the Illegal
immigration rate? The INS estimates an annual growth in the illegal
immigrant population at about 275,000 in 1996, this compares to 915,900
legal immigrants admitted in 1999.
sources: resident population: US
Statistical Abstract, 2000, CD-Rom table 2
Immigration and Naturalization Service