While browsing the 2010 Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trustees Report--the annual report on the financial status of what we know as Social Security--I happened across this bit of information.
Legal immigration averaged about 780,000 persons per year during the period 1992 through 1999. Legal immigration increased to about 900,000 in 2000 and about 1,000,000 in 2001 reflecting primarily an increase in the number of persons granted [legal permanent resident] LPR status as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, the only category of legal immigration that is not numerically limited. However, legal immigration declined to less than 800,000 by 2003 as the number of pending applications increased. From 2003 to 2006, legal immigration increased, reaching about 1,200,000 for 2005 and 2006. For 2007 and 2008, legal immigration decreased to about 1,100,000. Legal immigration in excess of 1,000,000 reflects the concerted effort in recent years to reduce the backlog of pending applications for LPR status.
For the intermediate alternative, the remaining backlog of pending applications is assumed to be eliminated by the end of 2010, and thereafter legal immigration is assumed to be 1,000,000 persons per year.
So for those people who are so concerned about their "American" culture and their English language, over 13 million legal immigrants have moved to our country since 1992. And the board of trustees is planning for an additional million every year.
It's like these immigrants know the path our ancestors took--Native Americans excluded, of course.