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Unauthorized Immigrant Population in the U.S. Reaches 10-Year Low

by Axios | Updated on 11.28.18

Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Note: Duration share is for adult immigrants; Chart: Axios Visuals

The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has dropped to the lowest level in 10 years, but today's immigrants are more likely to have been in the U.S. for more than a decade, according to a new study by Pew Research.

Why it matters: While the Trump administration wages war on illegal border crossers and immigrants who overstay their visas, the actual number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has been falling — even as the share of the population born outside the U.S. has reached an all-time high.

Between the lines: The trend is largely due to a dramatic decrease in the number of Mexican immigrants illegally entering the U.S. Meanwhile, there's been a notable uptick in the number of unauthorized immigrants from Central American countries.

  • Central America was the only region that had more unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2016 than in 2007.

By the numbers: The median number of years that unauthorized adult immigrants have been in the U.S. reached a new high of 14.8 years in 2016, and most have been in the U.S. for more than 10 years. This likely means there have been fewer new, unauthorized immigrants coming to the U.S. in recent years.

  • The Trump administration has claimed that illegal immigrants steal American jobs, but the share of the U.S. workforce made up of unauthorized immigrants has fallen over the last decade to 4.8%, according to the report.
  • The total number of unauthorized immigrants include the roughly 700,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and are protected from deportation by DACA, as well as at least 317,000 people from 10 nations protected by Temporary Protected Status — both programs the Trump administration has sought to end or cut back on.
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  • SneakyPete
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    11/28/2018
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    Illegal Immigrant Statistics 🤔 Statistical data, as we all know well, can be manipulated to meet the agenda desired by the agencies, conducting the review. What I found interesting, was the point made that the South American region numbers are showing a dramatic difference in the decline of Mexican illegals while there’s drastic increase of illegals from other SA countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala as example. Case in point, is the current several Caravans, we are seeing. SneakyPete...... 11*28*18.....

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  • Steven
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    11/28/2018
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    Needed to deport more so the numbers even lower

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  • Lora
    11/28/2018
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    My son is s Chief in the USCG. He has risked his life enforcing drug interdiction and human trafficking mandates. The number of immigrants has dropped significantly. These numbers are not being manipulated, Americans are. We have unprecedented access to information. Pull your head outta your ass, start googling and stop listening to political rhetoric.

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  • Barbara
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    11/28/2018
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    This is America’s loss.

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  • JamieD
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    11/28/2018
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    Wait, I thought we were being *shines flashlight under chin* INVADED.

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  • John
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    11/28/2018
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    Well, that gives lie to 45’s xenophobic rants. Once more, the Trumpanzees are wrong!

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  • Marty
    11/28/2018
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    I think who ever wrote is talking out their ass. Build wall

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  • ColonelMoose
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    11/28/2018
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    Manipulated stats can be used to support any message. Living in an area overrun by illegals and watching the flow increasing tells me all I need to know. Secure the border. Enforce the laws. End this violence and help save tax dollars. Ban Democrats to help fight domestic terrorists. 😉👍🏻

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  • JTJ
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    11/28/2018
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    Read the report, there is no factual reporting here.

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  • ManfromNebraska
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    These numbers are all guesses. No one has the ability to count the illegals or has good numbers from the past. Sounds like more liberal propaganda than truth.

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  • Alison
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    11/28/2018
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    I DON'T BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA!

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  • Miles
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    11/28/2018
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    There’s been no census to tell us this. You can’t believe this guesstimated statistic. And no, I’m not 100% saying there are more than ever, I’m saying you can’t believe this because there’s no definitive way of telling this right now. However, a fact is that recently there are more CRIMES committed by ILLEGAL immigrants than ever before.

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  • Leon
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    11/28/2018
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    How do you know when we haven’t had a census?

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  • Robert
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    Trump’s tempest in a pot of tea...party GET A CLUE! We are being duped😫

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  • Clint
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    11/28/2018
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    trump and his base don’t believe in statistics or facts. Only feelings. Hence the tear gassing of children at the border. Have you noticed trump has funneled everyone at the border to one spot. This will make an already tense situation even worse. Which is the outcome he is looking for because it will play well to his base. Ignoring the truth puts us all in danger.

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  • Joel
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    11/29/2018
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    Hummm, debunked another Trump lie.

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  • Tooluser1
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    11/28/2018
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    How do you know?!? We aren't even allowed to ASK anymore. Whose rectum are you pulling your numbers out of? Can't ask on the census, can't ask during traffic stops, or at the doctor's office, or the welfare office, or, or ,or.... Liberals have made determining how many illegals are in this country virtually impossible. But you *say* the numbers are "down" now... And you determined this how, exactly?

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  • Cosmo
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    If I could only believe the graphs. Harvard claims we have 16 to 24 million illegals taking away jobs, impacting our schools, increasing your real estate taxes, given medical care, food stamps, and contribute nothing to off set there impact socially on our countries cost. Knowing all of this, some Democrat releases a graph that depicts a slow down in illegals entering our America. The horse left the barn over 25-35 years ago. Next time you go to the lavatory bring a printed copy of the graph with you. My parents real estate taxes increased dramatically every year. It was the impact of school taxes. Investigators in Suffolk County NY found 3-4 families living in a 2 bedroom apartment with 12 school age children. Guess who paid the rent. Yes. You did. This needs to stop. You can blame every President except Trump. He’s a man who stands for what’s right for us.

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  • Terry
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    Yes

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  • Edward
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    11/29/2018
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    Anyone that gets there news from anything but faux noise, Limbaugh and breitbart new this already. Oddly, border incursions have gone up this last year. Bad policy = bad results.

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  • Susan
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    11/29/2018
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    You would think by the comments against the current immigrants that we are overrun by them. i just don’t see it. However if you ask the, indigenous people/American Indians, they would point to all the descendants of immigrants who complain about the few new ones. We are truly a bunch of hypocrites.

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