Statistics show Vermont had fewer immigrants last year

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New federal census data shows that the number of immigrants in Vermont declined from 2006 to 2007.

Nationwide, the information released today shows the wave of immigrants entering the United States slowed dramatically last year as the economy faltered and the government stepped up enforcement of immigration laws.

In 2007 the nation added about a half million immigrants, down from nearly 2 million million the year before.

Since 1990, the U.S. has added an average of about a million immigrants a year, including those in the country legally and illegally.

Vermont is one of 14 states that showed declines in the estimated number of immigrants from 2006 to 2007.

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