September 24, 2013
THE SUREST SIGN OF ECONOMIC STRENGTH:
Population Decline of Unauthorized Immigrants Stalls, May Have Reversed (Jeffrey Passel, D'Vera Cohn and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, 9/23/13, Pew Hispanic Trends)
Estimates of the U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Population, 1990-2012The sharp decline in the U.S. population of unauthorized immigrants that accompanied the 2007-2009 recession has bottomed out, and the number may be rising again. As of March 2012, 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States, according to a new preliminary Pew Research Center estimate based on U.S. government data.The estimated number of unauthorized immigrants peaked at 12.2 million in 2007 and fell to 11.3 million in 2009, breaking a rising trend that had held for decades. Although there are indications the number of unauthorized immigrants may be rising, the 2012 population estimate is the midpoint of a wide range of possible values and in a statistical sense is no different from the 2009 estimate.
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