More than 3 million new immigrants, the most in over a decade, have settled in the United States in the past two years, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the Center for Immigration Studies.
CIS analyzed Census Bureau data and found that 3.1 million immigrants moved to the U.S since 2014, 1.1 million of which were illegal aliens. This represents 550,000 illegal immigrants crossing annually in 2014 and 2015. During the last immigration surge in 2012 and 2013, annual illegal alien crossings were pegged at 350,000 annually.
The 3.1 million immigrants coming in the past two years is the most since 2000-2001.
Though immigration from Mexico has decreased, the flow of immigrants steadily increased as more immigrants came from East Asia and South Asia among other places. The yearly amount of immigrants from Mexico coming into the U.S decreased from 840,000 to 338,000 from 2001-2001 to 2014-2015.
At the same time, the number of immigrants coming from the Middle East increased from 101,000 to 203,000. Immigration from South Asian countries in that time period jumped from 248,000 to 550,000. (RELATED: Obama Admin Increases Green Cards For Migrants From Pro-Sharia Countries)