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A Century of Coming to America

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(figures are in thousands)
1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1995
449 1,042 430 242 71 249 265 373 531 720

* The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act allowed illegal immigrants already living in the United States to apply for legal status if they met certain requirements, which resulted in a dramatic upswing in immigration figures in the late 1980s and 1990s, totaling about 2.7 million people over that period.

Source: U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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