On the heels of a study by the San Francisco Reserve highlighting the positive impact of immigration on the economy comes information from Pew Hispanic highlighting the decline in unauthorized immigration into the U.S.
According to the report, the annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005. This decline contributed to an overall 8% reduction in the unauthorized immigrant population, which fell to 11.1 million in 2009 from 12 million in 2007. By region of origin, the population of unauthorized immigrants from Latin American countries other than Mexico has declined the most markedly. By U.S. region, the decrease in the unauthorized immigrant population has been especially notable along the nation’s Southeast Coast and in its Mountain West.
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