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Green cards delayed by anti-terror programs

by Amanda Luker

Sept. 24, 2004 – The Department of Homeland Security reported a sharp drop in the number of foreigners who became permanent US residents in 2003. The Department attributed the drop to anti-terrorism measures delaying the processing of applications. While in 2002, 1.06 million people became permanent US residents, 2003 saw only 705,827 new green-card holders. A green card is the permanent-resident document that starts the citizenship process.

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Despite this trend, immigration itself is relatively steady. Those affected were mostly foreigners who were already in the United States who were hoping to become permanent residents.

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