The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. But unauthorized immigrants have become a source of political debate, and Congress and President Obama disagree over the best course of action to address issues such as deportations, legal status, education and benefits. For years, the Pew Research Center has estimated the size of the unauthorized immigrant population and surveyed the U.S. public about immigration.
Interactive: U.S. Unauthorized Immigration Trends
Explore population trends from a new analysis of the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States based on Pew Research Center estimates.
State Unauthorized Immigrant Populations Rise and Fall
Since the Great Recession ended, the population of unauthorized immigrants has risen in seven states and fallen in 14.
Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S., 2012
See how the unauthorized immigrant population varies state-by-state, how it has changed since 2009 and which states have the highest and lowest shares of unauthorized immigrants with our interactive maps.
Those from Mexico will benefit most from Obama’s executive action
Unauthorized immigrants from Mexico account for two-thirds of those who will be eligible for deportation relief under President Obama’s executive action, even as they account for about half of the nation’s unauthorized population, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. The new action, which mainly applies to unauthorized immigrant parents of U.S. citizen or […]
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11.1 Million Unauthorized Immigrants Were Living in the U.S. in 2011
The number was unchanged from the previous two years and a continuation of the sharp decline in this population since its peak in 2007.
Up to 1.7M Youths May Benefit From New Deportation Rules
An updated analysis of President Obama’s new deportation policy finds 1.7 million of 4.4 million unauthorized immigrants ages 30 and under could qualify for temporary but renewable work permits to remain in the U.S. legally.
Up to 1.4 million Unauthorized Immigrants Could Benefit from New Deportation Policy
President Obama’s announcement on June 15 about changes in deportation policies could benefit up to 1.4 million unauthorized immigrants.
Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero and Perhaps Less
After four- decades that brought 12 million current immigrants — more than half of whom came illegally — the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped and may have reversed.