Illegal immigration into U.S. in decline since 2007, study finds
Illegal immigration into the U.S. has slowed considerably in recent years, a study released Wednesday concludes.
The decline marks the first significant turnaround in two decades, researchers with the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center say. As a result, the U.S. illegal-immigrant population may have fallen as much as 8 percent from 2007 to 2009.
“We’ve seen a reversal in what had been the long-term growth in the illegal-immigrant population,” researcher Jeffrey Passel said Wednesday.
An estimated 11.1 million illegal immigrants live in the United States. Possibly because of tighter enforcement measures and economic circumstances driving some immigrants back home, the population is down from its estimated 2007 peak of 12 million.
“Particularly along the southern border, enforcement has ramped up considerably,” Passel said. “It’s harder and more dangerous for immigrants to cross into the country.”
From 2007 to 2009, an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants sneaked into the United States annually.
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