America’s Undocumented Immigrants – Who Are They?

Posted By Levi

November 20th, 2014 6:14pm

Category: Immigration

Tonight President Obama will address the nation on his plans to deal with the undocumented immigrant population currently living in the United States. The president has said from the beginning that he would like to find a way to allow many of these immigrants to live and work legally in the country. In June 2013, the US Senate passed a bill that would have given most undocumented immigrants a pathway to become legal permanent residents and eventually, citizens. However, the Republicans who controlled the House of Representatives never took up the bill and so it died.

Living here illegally means that these immigrants constantly face the threat of deportation so the President is expected to issue an executive order that will temporarily prevent many of them from been deported.  We will have to wait for the speech to find out exactly how many will benefit from the president’s action.

In the meantime, for those who are interested, here are a few basic facts you should know.

1. How many undocumented immigrants are currently in the United States.?
As of the end of 2012, the total number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States stands at a little over 11 million. If you look carefully at the chart you will notice that the numbers have been dropping since 2007.

Undocumented Immigrants

Source: http://www.pewresearch.org/key-data-points/unauthorized-immigrants-who-they-are-and-what-the-public-thinks/

2. Where do they come from?
Since 1995, Mexico has been the top source of undocumented immigrants to the US.

Undocumented Immigrants

Source: http://www.pewresearch.org/key-data-points/unauthorized-immigrants-who-they-are-and-what-the-public-thinks/

3. Where do most undocumented immigrants live?
Most undocumented immigrants lived in six states – California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas. California has by far the largest number of unauthorized immigrants, more than 2.4 million in 2012.

Undocumented Immigrants

Source: http://www.pewhispanic.org/interactives/unauthorized-immigrants-2012/

4. How do Americans feel about undocumented immigrants?
The vast majority of Americans say undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay legally in the United States. They believe that the government should find a way to grant them legal status as long as they fulfill certain requirements.
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I have always maintained that it is generally wrong to break the laws of the country. However, there is nothing wrong or illegal about people wanting to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Twitter: @Levianthony123.

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