Nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the US

USA President Obama

NEW YORK: There are an estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants in the US constituting four percent of the population, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The study by the independent Pew Research Center, which is based on the data collected by the US Census Bureau till March 2008, says their children, both unauthorized immigrants themselves and those born in the US, make up about 6.8 percent of the total enrolment in elementary and secondary schools.

According to the study, more than 8.3 million of these illegal immigrants are languishing in low-paying jobs, accounting for 5.4 percent of the total labour force.

About 76 percent of all illegal immigrants are Hispanics, with Mexicans being the largest group at seven million.

Nearly 11 percent of undocumented immigrants come from Asia and Central America each, 7 percent from South America, 4 percent from the Caribbean and less than 2 percent from the Arab world, the study says.

With 2.7 million illegal immigrants, California has their largest population. Though the state's illegal population has almost doubled since 1990, its share of their total numbers has dropped from 42 percent to 22 percent.

Unlike in the past, according to the study, illegal immigrants are now evenly spread across the US.

Though California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas remain their favourite destinations, Georgia, North Carolina and other southeastern states too now attract them in large numbers, the study says. Since undocumented immigrants are exploited by employers, their median household income is $36,000, well below the $50,000 for US residents. As a result, one third of the children born in illegal immigrant families live in poverty, according to the study.

Illegal immigration in the US has been a complicated problem for years now, with both the Democrats and the Republicans soft-pedaling the issue. Open borders with Mexico, lack of border patrols and cheap labour for US employers even though it is illegal to hire them are the major factors for the rising illegal immigration population in the US.

Since President Ronald Reagan had granted one-time amnesty to about three million illegal immigrants in 1986, their population has unofficially risen to 20 million in hopes of getting legal status one day.

Related Articles

President Obama promising to keep working on the immigration overhaul
Healthcare reform could be blocked by Illegal immigrant debate.
Obama will sign bill to extend E-Verify for three years.
Obama facing uphill battle on his 2010 immigration reform.
Mexican illegal immigration falls 60% in 1 year.

Enter the Green Card Lottery. 55,000 Green Cards Must Go Each Year. Let us help you reach your dream of becoming an American resident today!

Actual green card
DV2014 diversity visa lottery

USA Green Card Lottery History

The history behind the Green Card Lottery Program and the previous 10 years Results. Read the history...

Take the Green Card Lottery Test

USA Diversity Visa Lottery Test

Take the Green Card Lottery test to see if you qualify. If you do, apply for the DV2014 Green Card Lottery here on the Official USA Diversity Lottery web site.
Take the Test.

USA Green Card Lottery Winners

A few of the winners that fulfilled their American dream through our services. Read their testimony..

Danish (EU) Green Card Program

Non-European Union skilled migrants are allowed to come to Denmark (EU) under a renewable 3 years Danish Green Card for the purpose of finding work. To apply for a Danish Green Card click on Danish Green Card Program. This Green Card program is not a lottery. Your qualification solely depends on your skills.

Immigration News

April 16, 2009

Nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the US

March 30, 2009

A risky new push for immigration legislation

March 27, 2009

As Joblessness Grows, U.S. Government Discourages Hiring of Foreigners

March 18, 2009

Join the army and become a US citizen in 6 months

March 12, 2009

Bank of America cancels visa-holders job offers

March 10, 2009

A hiring bind for non-U.S. citizens and banks

March 3, 2009

Can Obama afford to ignore immigration?

March 1, 2009

Obtain a U.S. Green Card without any form of sponsorship

February 25, 2009

Anger Grows in India over U.S. H-1B Visa Rules

February 20, 2009

Obama: Immigration reform is coming

February 19, 2009

Immigration reform advocates push forward in tough economy

February 16, 2009

H-1B Visa Fraud Sparks Arrests Nationwide

February 15, 2009

US stimulus bill to hit Indians, H1-B visa holders hard

February 11, 2009

US recession has slowed illegal border crossings from Mexico

February 9, 2009

Obama administration postpones employment regulation

February 5, 2009

Stricter US Visa Rules May Hit Indian IT Firms

February 3, 2009

Will the Obama Administration Impact Immigration?

February 01, 2009

Shoudl Illegal immigrants without Social Security numbers get stimulus payments?

January 28, 2009

Will illegal immigrants take the stimulus jobs?

January 26, 2009

More immigration will test U.S. economy, unity

January 22, 2009

Obama and increases in US legal immigration

January 16, 2009

Few special immigration visas issued

January 7, 2009

Obama and US immigration Reform

October 8, 2008

Results from DV-2009 green card lottery