America is a generous country, and Americans are generous people.
One recent example? Sofia Adriana Perla Clavel, a 3-year-old from El Salvador here for heart surgery performed by Presbyterian pediatric surgeon Dr. Bill Stein. The four-hour procedure was successful, and Sofia, along with her mother, Yena Beatriz Clavel, celebrated a very special third birthday for the little girl in Albuquerque before returning home this month.
Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to accept legal immigrants. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 278,000 foreign nationals obtained lawful permanent resident status in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 with Mexico, Cuba, China and India topping the list. Nearly half of those were immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. During the same time period, about 16,000 refugees were admitted, with the Congo, Burma, Bhutan, Ukraine, Eritrea and Afghanistan among the leading countries of origin.
As of 2017, we had 22 million naturalized citizens – about half of the foreign-born population living here.