Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Illegal Immigrant Population Declined Last Year

The United States Department of Homeland Security released a report today which estimates that the total number of illegal immigrants living in the United States fell to 10.8 million during the year ending January of 2009.  This figure represents a seven percent decline from 11.6 million in January of 2008.  The 10.8 million figure is the smallest number of illegal immigrants since 2005 when there were an estimated 10.5 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.  A Pew Hispanic Center report released in July of 2009 seems to suggest that the decline is attributable to decreased numbers of immigrants coming into the United States rather than illegal immigrants leaving the United States and going back into Mexico.  While the recession has played a role in the decreased number of illegal immigrants, it is not yet clear to what extent the recession has impacted these figures.

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