New reports indicate that the U.S. has now become the most popular destination for people in the Western Hemisphere similar to those living in other parts of the world. Nationals of around 27 countries cross mountains, rivers and deserts to get into the U.S. and to make use of the opportunities and benefits offered by the U.S.
Citizens of Mexico, Panama and other Latin American countries are more eager to get into the U.S. Many try legal routes to enter the U.S. while some travel to the U.S. illegally. Many come here to work and support their families in their home countries. Reports show that the money earned by Guatemalans working in the U.S. greatly boosts the economy of Guatemala.
Larger American cities draw more immigrants and New York is the American city that draws more immigrants. Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Houston are the other American cities that draw more immigrants.
A report published by the Migration Policy Institute in February 2015 shows that more than 20 percent of the migrants across the globe are attracted towards the U.S. Many come to the U.S. as they believe that the U.S. has unlimited resources. Many come here to live in freedom and to make lives better for them and their children. Many come here because of the employment opportunities offered by the country.
Likewise, 81 percent of the current U.S. population is comprised of foreigners. This includes the first and second generation immigrants and the children of undocumented immigrants who automatically became U.S. citizens.
Welcoming policies offered by the U.S. draw more immigrants to the country. President Obama took steps to expand immigration levels. He also implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to grant temporary legal status to some undocumented youth living here. Though this program is not meant to those who got into the U.S. recently and those who got into the country after the implementation of this program, many foreigners stormed the border after the DACA program was implemented believing that they also will be given a chance to apply for legal status.
Likewise, the President also came up with new immigration rules in November 2014. He announced the expansion of the DACA program and the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program that would benefit some undocumented immigrants living in the country. However, these programs have been put on hold as a U.S. federal district court issued an injunction to temporarily prevent the implementation of the two new programs.