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USLess than half of undocumented immigrants in US are from Mexico for first time in decades

23:06  12 june  2019
23:06  12 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Less than half of the total number of undocumented immigrants already in the U . S . are from Mexico for the first time in more than 50 years New Pew Research Center estimates based on government data conclude that out of 10.5 million undocumented immigrants in the country in 2017

Untangling the conflicting portraits of undocumented immigrants . A third of undocumented immigrants 15 and older lives with at least one child who is a United States citizen by birth. About 300,000, or less than 3 percent of the 11 million undocumented , have committed felonies. “This worries us , but we don’t have an option,” said Maria, 38, who arrived from Mexico when she was 19.

Less than half of undocumented immigrants in US are from Mexico for first time in decades© Getty Images Less than half of undocumented immigrants in US are from Mexico for first time in decades

Less than half of the total number of undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. are from Mexico for the first time in over 50 years, according to a new analysis.

New Pew Research Center estimates based on government data conclude that out of 10.5 million undocumented immigrants in the country in 2017, 4.9 million originally came from Mexico.

The number of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the country declined largely because more left the country than arrived, though the group remains a strong plurality among those coming to the U.S. without authorization from other Latin American countries.

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The overwhelming majority of undocumented immigrants have lived in the country for a decade or longer. The typical undocumented migrant Because of limited statistical data, it is hard to account for how many undocumented immigrants in the United States are here as a result of overstaying a visa.

The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Immigration from Latin America slowed following the Great Recession, particularly for Mexico , which has Immigrants from Mexico and Central America are less likely to be high school graduates than the U . S . born (54

The fall in percentage marks the first time Mexicans made up less than half of the total undocumented population since the 1960s, when an immigration overhaul that restricted entry from Western Hemisphere countries led to a steady rise in Mexican migrants illegally coming into the U.S.

The number of undocumented immigrants from Mexico was lower in 2017 than at any point since 2001 and two million short of its peak of 6.9 million in 2007. The number of apprehensions of Mexican migrants has also fallen behind those of non-Mexicans for the past three fiscal years, according to Pew.

Despite the drop in undocumented Mexican immigrants, the U.S. is seeing a rise in the number of unauthorized migrants from other countries.

There were 5.5 million non-Mexican undocumented immigrants in 2017, slightly higher than the 5.3 million that were in the country in 2007. A large share of that increase comes from Asia and Central America, particularly El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and India, according to Pew.

The overall undocumented population remained statistically the same between 2016 and 2017, marking its lowest size in both years since 2004.

Pew notes that the fall in the share of undocumented migrants from Mexico follows the trend that a growing number of immigrants in the country without authorization overstay visas rather than illegally cross the border.

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