Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Latest Federal Government Estimate of Undocumented Immigrant Population

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services estimated that there were 10.5 million unauthorized foreigners in the US in January 2005, up from 8.5 million in January 2000. About 57 percent of the unauthorized were Mexican, followed by four percent each from El Salvador and Guatemala. Some 26 percent of all unauthorized were in California, followed by 13 percent in Texas and eight percent in Florida. Some 3.1 million unauthorized foreigners entered the US between 1995 and 1999, and another 3.1 million entered between 2000 and 2005 (some later left or became legal residents). Click here for the estimate and related information.

In March 2006, the Pew Hispanic Center estimate that there were between 11.5 and 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  Click here for the report.


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