Skip Navigation


The United States began as a nation of immigrants, and if anything that has become more true over time.

The Issue

The Pew Research Center reported in June 2016, “The United States has long been the top destination country for migrants worldwide, though if the European Union, Norway and Switzerland were a single country it would outrank the U.S. as a destination for international migrants. But the U.S. and Europe are quite different when it comes to their migrant populations’ origin countries.”

Conservative Review reported a year earlier, “At no point in our history did America even come close to accepting this many immigrants over such a short period of time. Over the 25-year period from 1989-2013, the U.S. has admitted 25.3 million immigrants. During a comparable 25-year period at the height of the Great Wave, from 1900-1924, only 16.8 million green cards were issued.”

Our Stance

What do these and other immigration trends mean for public policy? That immigration reform must be entered into carefully and thoughtfully, recognizing the both the pluses and minuses that immigration brings in a world increasingly without borders.

Related Publications View All Publications