jueves, 25 de abril de 2013

A few facts about Mexicans living in the US...

As Congress considers reforming US immigration laws, here are a few facts to bear in mind.

In 2011, there were 12.0 million Mexicans living in the US. Of those, 6.1 million (51%) were unauthorized. That means that 1 of every 2 Mexicans living in the US is legal.

Between 2007 and 2009, there were 12.6 million Mexicans living in the US. The largest number of Mexicans living in the US without documentation was nearly 7.0 million in 2007. Four years later, the number had fallen 12.9% .

Between 1995 and 2000, net migration to the US was 2.3 million, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Between 2005 and 2010, net migration was flat. The number of Mexicans going to the US fell by more than half while the number of Mexicans returning to Mexico from the US more than doubled.

There are about 11.1 unauthorized immigrants in the US. Mexicans are the largest national group, constituting 58% of unauthorized immigrants. In the history of the US, no nation has ever seen as many of its people migrate to the US in absolute numbers. As a percentage of the immigrant population, however, the German and Irish immigration waves in the late 19th century were comparable.

Seven out of ten Mexican migrants live in five states: California (36.0% of the total), Texas (20.7%), Illinois (5.9%), Arizona (4.4%) and Georgia (2.4%).

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