People came from Europe, Asia, Canada, Central America, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands to make the United States their new home from 1820 to 1996. Austria alone, from 1820-1940; 2,534, 617 immigrants came through Ellis Island, New York.
The United States experienced major waves of immigration during the colonial era, the first part of the 19th century and from the 1880s to 1920. Many immigrants came to America seeking greater economic opportunity, while some, such as the Pilgrims in the early 1600s, arrived in search of religious freedom.
U.S. Immigration Policy contends that America has reaped tremendous benefits from opening its doors to immigrants, as well as to students, skilled employees and others who may only live in the country for shorter periods of time.
How many legal immigrants came to the US each year? More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2018, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was China, with 149,000 people, followed by India (129,000), Mexico (120,000) and the Philippines (46,000).
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