A talk with Pew Research Center senior demographer Jeffrey S. Passel on the challenges of counting the nation's unauthorized immigrants.
A record 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012, including 11.4 million immigrants born in Mexico and 22.3 million born in the U.S.
Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer for the Pew Research Center, describes how the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. was calculated and what impact new immigration proposals may have on this group.
Key findings from the Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2011.
Mexicans are the largest group of legal permanent residents in the U.S. But their rate of naturalization is only half that of legal immigrants from all other countries combined.
The nation’s immigrant population reached a record 40.4 million in 2011, while the number of unauthorized immigrants has declined from a 2007 peak of 12 million.