Filipinos comprise the second biggest number of legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States as of January 1, 2008 at 600,000, according to the Population Estimates released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2009. An estimated 3.4 million Mexicans comprise the biggest LPR population (at 27 percent); one-half of the 12.6 million Mexican LPRs obtained their status in 2000 or later, while one-quarter became LPRs during 2005-2007. Also included on the list of top sources of LPRs in the United States are India (500,000), People’s Republic of China (500,000), and the Dominican Republic (400,000). The top five countries comprise 43 percent of LPR’s origin while the remaining 56 percent were from Cuba, El Salvador, Canada, Vietnam, and United Kingdom.

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