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Who are the 12 Million Unauthorized Immigrants in America?


According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States may not be what it seems. 

Here are some of the highlights:


  • 3/5 of unauthorized immigrants have been here for over a decade
  • The majority of unauthorized immigrants have at least a high school level of education
  • 1/20 U.S. workers is an unauthorized immigrant
  • Almost 1/2 of longtime unauthorized immigrants own their own homes
  • Almost 1/2 of unauthorized immigrants have children under 18
  • About 4.5 million U.S. citizen children who were born in the U.S. have a parent who is an unauthorized immigrant
  • The majority of unauthorized immigrants originally came from Mexico, Central America, or the Philippines
  • Unauthorized immigrants reside primarily in California, Texas, Florida, and New York

Read more at: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/unauthorized-immigrants-today-demographic-profile