Thursday, July 16, 2015
What we know about undocumented immigration from Mexico
While Donald Trump is going from coast to coast attacking Mexican immigrants and calling for a border wall, the Pew Resource Center provides some important facts about undocumented immigration from Mexico:
1. The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined.
2. More non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended at U.S. borders in 2014, the first time on record this has happened.
3, Even as border apprehensions dropped, deportations of Mexican immigrants reached a record high in 2013 of 314,904, up from 169,031 in 2005.
4. Mexican unauthorized immigrants are more likely than unauthorized immigrants overall to work in the construction industry and less likely to work in services.
5. Unauthorized immigrants from Mexico make up at least 75% of the total unauthorized immigrant population in 10 states: New Mexico (89%), Arizona (84%), Idaho (83%), Wyoming (82%), Colorado (78%), Oklahoma (76%), Wisconsin (76%), Kansas (75%), Oregon (75%) and Texas (75%).