Number of Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S. Virtually Unchanged From 2009 to 2013

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The U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales.
The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has stayed the same since 2009, according to the Pew Research Center.

Researchers estimate that there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the country in March 2013.

The New Democrat Network, a lefty think-tank, has attributed the net-zero flow of unauthorized immigrants to the country to Obama Administration policies.

"There's been no increase in the undocumented population of the us during the entire Obama presidency," NDN President Simon Rosenberg tells New Times. "There are people who argue all the time that there are millions and millions of undocumented immigrants pouring into the country, and it's just not true."

See also:
-2013: Illegal Immigration May Be on the Rise Again

Not only does Pew's new research show a leveling-off of illegal immigration, the organization is also reporting statistics that show the average unauthorized immigrant has been in the country a fairly long time.

"As growth of this group has stalled, there has been a recent sharp rise in the median length of time that unauthorized immigrants have lived in the U.S.," Pew's written explanation says. "In 2013, according to a preliminary estimate, unauthorized immigrant adults had been in the U.S. for a median time of nearly 13 years--meaning that half had been in the country at least that long. A decade earlier, in 2003, the median for adults was less than eight years."

About 62 percent of these immigrants have been in the country for more than a decade, according to Pew's research. In 2000, only 35 percent had lived in the country for a decade.

Additionally, about 38 percent of the unauthorized immigrant adults have U.S. citizen children who were born here. That's up from 30 percent in 2000.

In last year's annual report on the unauthorized population, Pew's research led them to believe that illegal immigration may have been on the rise again, although the rise was within the margin of error. The number of unauthorized immigrants in the country has pretty clearly leveled off since 2007, when there were more than 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the country.

The NDN's Rosenberg suggests various Obama Administration efforts to secure the border have caused the change, like more deterrence at the border.

"We've spent tens of billions of dollars securing the border, and it's had a real impact," he says.

The charts below, produced by Pew, show some of the main trends their researchers found in studying the population of unauthorized immigrants in the country:

Growth in Unauthorized Immigration Has Leveled Off

As Unauthorized Immigrant Population Growth Has Slowed, Median Length of Residence Has Grown

Share of Long-Term Unauthorized Immigrants Surpasses Share of Short-Term Immigrants

Unauthorized Immigrants, by Selected Categories, 2012

Total Removals by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 1997-2012

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Lakeisha  Williams
Lakeisha Williams

That's a lie. How can you count ppl who technically dont exist

Joe Downs
Joe Downs

James Hicks you do realize that undocumented immigrants can't vote, right? Ergo, your theory makes no sense.

James Hicks
James Hicks

Or the opposite Mr Smith. The ones not complaining want a permanent under class that are reliant on the government and will vote for that big government and the legislators who give them, "free" entitlements. very sad

Paul Chris Wilmann
Paul Chris Wilmann

All you really have to do is see who all are complaining about the illegals and you will know the reason for the numbers. Simple. They make it an issue on election as a scare tactic to win votes and nothing changes.

DNichols
DNichols

U.S. Economy 101:

In 1986 President Ronald Regan granted "Amnesty" to approx: three million good, hard working unauthorized Immigrants.


Over the following twenty-two year period approx: twelve million more good, hard working unauthorized Immigrants came to America the only way non wealthy Immigrants can "Unauthorized".


There is no line for hard working poor Immigrants period.


These twelve million unauthorized Immigrants worked hard for America, they had families, and legal citizen children, and were a large part of why the twenty-two year period between 1986, and the January 2008 start of the Hitler esque I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration programs was in FACT the "Most Prosperous" period in Total U.S. History as a Country!


Fact: the HARD LABOR gladly done by Immigrants for America was the very Foundation of our then Strong Economy.


America literally slapped the hand that fed us.


Food cost have sky rocketed, and we now need to raise minimum wage so that Americans can afford to do the Hard Labor jobs that Immigrants were glad to do.


This is our Iced Economy.

I.C.E. "Put the car in the ditch."


Immigration reform in 2014 will finally alow America to begin to heal our "Broken Economy", and hopefully end this new surge of racism, and hatred that has spread like a cancer accross this "Great Nation of Immigrants.

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville.

Kenny Benally
Kenny Benally

They'll always be jumping the fence or finding some other way to get over here. They're persistant enough because of their situations. Our government is not going to stop it. It's just a fact of all life. You go where things are plentiful.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Number of illegal immigrants still unacceptably high.  Roadblocks staffed with ICE and dogs needed to cull the massive number of illegals RUINING our country by their sheer presence and out of control birthrate and drunken driving.


GTFO.  Arpaio por siempre!

rh19541954
rh19541954

Arizona is going to be a miserable place for the racists whom have been coming here from all over the USA to join the local minute men, neo-Nazi's, skin heads and other assorted white supremacist outfits dreaming of a race war and some how completing their fantasies of a white racist nation!:-) They are merely the lost souls, ne'r to do wells from all over the USA, social misfits in their own home states with no lives, no directions in life, obsessed with their dark souls obsessions! Demographics is slowly but surely changing in Arizona and America in general, non-whites one day of all races, black, yellow, red, brown and all the combinations of these as well as combinations of whites with other races will make the racists truly a sad minority, but us white folks who know the US constitution and do not suffer from the dark souls a racist possess, knows the same constitution which protected the minorities of bygone eras will protect us as well is not America wonderful and our forefathers wise to know the constitution trumps racists, bigots or wanna-be dictators with racial issues!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

I can't wait to read articles about people making unauthorized entry into homes and, without authorization, removing valuables.

Or maybe there'll be one about somebody handing a note to a bank teller and making an unauthorized withdrawal.



rh19541954
rh19541954

I find statistics of unknown things amusing! We have this unknown number of illegals in America how does one calculate a unknown? Guessing, speculation? I guess this story fills a space for the media outlet here, but like polls done on elections they are pretty much just guessing games, since only way to know truly how any voting block will vote is to poll every single registered voter and many folks like me refuse to answer poll takers questions leaving them in limbo having no clue how I might vote or even if I will vote that cycle or not!;-)

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

If you listen to the Hispanic mouth pieces you are told Obama has overseen 2 million deportations and the border crossings have almost stopped due to it being secured. Doing the math if 2 million where tossed and the numbers stayed the same one would conclude our border is not secured and Hispanic mouth pieces are a bunch of lying sacks of shit. I believe there is going to be reform some of those people might pass the smell test and get their working papers but it wont be on the large scale Hispanics and their illegal brethren demand

anonymous
anonymous

Free Manning , Assange , and Snowden . All Political prisoners of this Government !!

fankromank555
fankromank555

lol, OK so why am I not surprised by this? WOw.


www.Crypt-Anon.tk

anonymous
anonymous

The buzz is Obama gonna wait till after the mid term elections to act on Immigration.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols In short , there are no positives to illegal immigration

DNichols
DNichols

@downtownbrown 

Work permits should be issued to these good hard working Human Beings. No Human should be labelled "illegal, especially good, hard working Christian parents of U.S. Citizen children who's HARD LABOR for AMERICA should be appreciated.

An "out of control birthrate" seems to have created you?!


Stop the "Hate".

DNichols
DNichols

@rh19541954 

To: Immigration reform in 2014.

Then "Social Misfits" will have nothing to whine and Hate Rally about.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative Hey there Chicken Little... still scared of your own shadow I see.

DNichols
DNichols

@valleynative  

I can't wait until they baptize Neo Nazi's, embrace child molesting minute men, or teach nine year old girls to shoot machine guns either?!


However the truth is these Immigrants are America's hardest most devoted workers.


Americans are now striking their jobs trying to double the minimum wage so they can afford to do the hard labor jobs Immigrants gladly did for America.


Thanks for your made up "Fear Mongering" though Valley.


Your little world must be vewy, vewy scwary?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@valleynative The other day there was a story about a 19yr old illegal immigrant woman driving a car that was involved in a hit and run killing 2 children. Her brother went to the place where it happened and found out his sister was involved he mentioned it to her and she denied it . This illegal then decides to call her boyfriend and the both of them take her car to the carwash. She did not turn herself in the cops found her and collared her. At her trail she was convicted but due to the severity of her crime which would include deportation after incarceration the judge decided to waive then sentence, give her some community service and 3yrs probation. This type of nonsense is being played out daily she should have been deported

annarkey14
annarkey14

@john043012 ,

What are you going to do when LATINOS and their "illegal brethren" outnumber you crackers?

Secede now.......do the nation a favor.

rh19541954
rh19541954

@DNichols @rh19541954 


Social misfits, ne'r to do wells always have something to whine about, they are like the weather always changing as to how hard the wind blows!:-) Racists will never disappear, since they exist in every race, color, culture, political persuasion, etc., us white folks are not the only ones cursed with racists we just have some reall vocal ones now a days, but they run the range in all races!:-) They have one common denominator, a mind set of "their kind is better than your kind" and nothing will stop them from whining since only way they could be satisfied is to be in a place solely where their kind exist, and one day they will be in that place and still whine, cry, gnashing of the teeth and claw its called the lake of fire and ironically it will be their eternal home!:-)

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative 

What part of what I said makes you think I'm afraid of something?

Are you so racist as to automatically assume that I was saying that the criminals I was talking about were immigrants? I didn't intend or imply that.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols one of the reasons their wages are what they are is due to the job they signed up for. There are other jobs that pay better so long as they invest in their education .Throwing French fries into a basket then dumping them oil and waiting for the timer to ring doesn't  warrant 15 bucks an hour and the people who elect to sign up and do these type of jobs are ones who dropped out of high school , single mother's who couldn't keep their legs crossed and of course the  illegal immigrant who stole someone's I.D. I don't feel sorry for any of them they made their decisions let them suffer the consequences.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols @valleynative 

There's not a single word of your response that really addresses anything I said.  You seem to have invented what you would like to have heard me say, and responded to that.

Bedtimestory
Bedtimestory

@john043012 , it sounds like another Tea Party bed time story, boy,  you geezers have a whole book compilation

DNichols
DNichols

@annarkey14 @john043012 

Too funny.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@annarkey14 the recent census of  racial /ethnic groups in the United States breaks down to this

White are 72% of the population

Hispanic/latino whatever 15% of the population

African American 13% of the population

There is talk that in 50yrs if the Hispanics continue to breed on the scale they where doing in 2012 they could become the majority however the number for newborns from that group have been declining

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@annarkey14 @john043012 Yeah, fool... they'll be the ones who pay for your Social Security and Medicare bennies... even if they're not eligible to receive them.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Bedtimestory 

It was in the paper, and yet you completely dismiss it as a "story".   I guess it's easier to just ignore facts that don't fit your chosen perception of the world.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

@eric.nelson745 They aren't paying shit because they have jobs at BK and are shitting babies out a mile a minute.  Immies use up tax dollars faster than a hooker does crack.

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