By the Pew Research Center
The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has dropped to the level it was in 2004, and Mexicans are no longer a majority of this population. This decline is due mainly to a large drop in the number of new unauthorized immigrants, especially Mexicans, coming into the country. The origin countries of unauthorized immigrants also shifted during that time, with the number from Mexico declining and the number rising from Central America and Asia, according to the latest Pew Research Center estimates.
Here are five facts about the unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S.
- 1. There were 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2017.
- 2. The number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants declined since 2007, while the total from other nations ticked up.
- 3. The U.S. civilian workforce includes 7.6 million unauthorized immigrants, representing a decline since 2007.
- 4. Six states account for 57% of unauthorized immigrants: California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.
- 5. A rising share of unauthorized immigrants have lived in the U.S. for more than a decade.