Always a hot-button issue, the illegal immigration debate has taken to the streets and is in the dialogue of mainstream America. The United States is a nation full of immigrants; here are some figures showing how prevalent immigration has been.
The number of people who landed on Ellis Island hoping to be processed: 12 million
Number of legal immigrants that came to the United States between 1991 and 2000: 9.1 million
Average number of annual legal immigration: 900,000
Legal immigrants of European descent (1820–2004): 39 million
Estimated number of illegal immigrants in the United States currently: 11–30 million
Number of refugees that arrived in the United States between 1995 and 2004: 52,835