The truth about America's illegal immigrants
How many illegal immigrants are there?
About 11 million, or 3.5 percent of the total U.S. population. The exact figure is obviously impossible to determine; the estimate essentially comes from taking the foreign-born population from census records, then subtracting the number of legal immigrants. Almost two-thirds of undocumented immigrants are believed to have been in the U.S. for more than 10 years. Sixty percent are concentrated in six states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. They are more likely than native-born residents to be part of a nuclear family — 47 percent of illegal immigrant households are couples with at least one child, compared with 21 percent of non-immigrant households. But despite the scaremongering about foreigners "pouring in" to the country, the undocumented immigrant population has in fact been steadily falling since 2007, when it peaked at 12 million. The decrease is largely because fewer Mexicans are crossing the border, thanks to improved border controls, the recession in the U.S., and rising employment and prosperity levels in Mexico.
Published on 12 Jul 2018 at 02:24PM