|Undocumented immigrants top 11.7 million|
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An image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is seen in the background as people at a restaurant in Phoenix watch a television broadcast of President Barack Obama speak about immigration reform Jan. 29 in Las Vegas. Obama outlined his ideas for comprehensive reform , seeking to build momentum for a new bipartisan plan to offer a pathway to citizenship for the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants.
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There are about 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S., 4 million more than in 2000, a new study shows.
The Center for Migration Studies, a New York-based educational institution, explained why some states, particularly in the Southeast, show a significant growth in the number of immigrants.
Seven Southern states with the fastest growing population of undocumented immigrants each saw the number of such immigrants increase by more than 11 times between 1990 and ‘10. Nationwide, about 18 percent of the foreign-born population was undocumented. The percentage in those seven states was about that as well in 1990.
But in 2009, in those states about 47 percent of their foreign-born residents were unauthorized to be here, the study found. They got more immigrants overall, and a higher percentage of them were undocumented.
“In 1990, the foreign-born population in the seven states was small, about 500,000, and fewer than one in five were unauthorized residents,” the study said. “But by 2010, the foreign-born population had quadrupled to 2.6 million and nearly half of them were unauthorized.”
More than half of all undocumented immigrants live in California, Texas, Florida and New York, the report said.