Last year, more than 2 million people attempted to enter the United States, bringing the total number of immigrants to a record high of 46 million, according to recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Some sought refuge from conflicts, violence, and political unrest, while others wanted the security of a functional economy. The Southwest border experienced the largest ever surge in numbers. In 2022, more than a million individuals became authorized permanent residents in the United States. Most new permanent U.S. residents originate from 20 countries and five continents, with the largest numbers of people coming from Mexico.
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