As Trump and Democrats press their cases about ways to end the government shutdown, here’s a look at how Americans see illegal immigration.
There were nearly 467,000 apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018. Family members accounted for about a third of those apprehensions.
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There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2016, down from 12.2 million in 2007. The total is the lowest since 2004 and is tied to a decline in the number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants.
About 250,000 babies were born to unauthorized immigrant parents in the United States in 2016, the latest year for which information is available, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data about illegal immigration. This represents a 36% decrease from a peak of about 390,000 in 2007.
In 2018, Americans broadly supported legal status for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children
Nearly three-quarters of Americans favor granting permanent legal status to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children.
Immigrants with past criminal convictions accounted for 74% of all arrests made by ICE agents in fiscal 2017.
After years of decline, the number of arrests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement climbed to a three-year high in fiscal 2017.
Public backs legal status for immigrants brought to U.S. illegally as children, but not a bigger border wall
When the two policies are taken together, 54% of Americans both favor legal status for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children and oppose expanding the border wall.
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