In 2009, the United States granted the status of "legal permanent resident" to more than 1.1 million people, about two-thirds of whom were admitted to the country on the basis of a family connection. In addition, about 5.8 million visas for temporary admission were issued that year, and about 744,000 people became naturalized U.S. citizens. Foreign-born workers accounted for more than 1 in 7 people in the U.S. labor force. CBO analyzes trends in immigration and policy proposals that would affect immigration.
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