Study: Illegal Immigrant Population Shrinks, Crossings Down Sharply

The number of illegal immigrants in the United States has begun to shrink, ending two decades of steady growth, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center. An estimated 11.1 million illegal immigrants lived across the United States as of March 2009, down nearly 8 percent from a peak of 12 million in 2007. Still, the unauthorized population remains a third larger than it was in 2000. "This is something we haven't seen before," Jeffrey Passel, a senior Pew demographer, said of the...Full Story
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