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FYI: September 11 and the sluggish economy have done virtually nothing to slow the pace of either legal and illegal immigration to the U.S. in general and New York in particular, according to a Center for Immigration Studies report. Looking at unpublished 2003 Census data, CIS found the foreign-born U.S. population hit a record high of 33.5 million this March, an increase of one million since 2002. The 2.3 million new immigrant workers who have arrived since 2000 match almost exactly the 2.3 million who arrived in the three preceding years. In New York State, 186,000 new immigrants joined the workforce between 2000 and 2003, compared to 191,000 who joined it between 1997 and 2000. [11/7/05]

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