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Legalize Who?: A Portrait of the 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

As the immigration debate heats up in Congress, the central question will be what to do about the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now living and working in the United States. The media often portrays this population as barely literate young men who pour over the southern border and live solitary lives, rather than providing a nuanced understanding of who the 11 million really are: adults and children, mothers and fathers, homeowners and churchgoers who are invested in their communities. This fact sheet attempts to provide a basic understanding of who the unauthorized are as people: where they live, where they’re from, how long they have been here, and what family and community ties to the United States they have.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources provide this very necessary social context to the immigration debate. And what the data reveal are that most of the unauthorized have been here for over a decade. While they are concentrated in California, Texas, Florida, and New York, there are sizeable unauthorized populations in other states across the country. Three-fifths of unauthorized immigrants come from Mexico, but significant numbers also come from Central America and the Philippines. Nearly half of all adult unauthorized immigrants have children under the age of 18, and roughly 4.5 million native-born U.S.-citizen children have at least one unauthorized immigrant parent. More than half of unauthorized immigrant adults have a high-school diploma or more education. Nearly half of longtime unauthorized households are homeowners. And approximately two-fifths of unauthorized immigrant adults attend religious services every week. In other words, most unauthorized immigrants are already integrating into U.S. society not only through their jobs, but through their families and communities as well.Read more...

Published On: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 | Download File

Strength in Diversity: The Economic and Political Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians

US ThumbThe Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the United States (Updated May 2014)

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Published On: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 | Download File

New Americans in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania ThumbThe Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Keystone State (Updated Updated May 2014)

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Published On: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 | Download File

New Americans in Indiana

Indiana ThumbThe Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Hoosier State (Updated May 2014)

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New Americans in Idaho

Idaho ThumbThe Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Gem State (Updated May 2014)

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New Americans in Rhode Island

Rhode Island 2013The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Ocean State (Updated May 2014)

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New Americans in Iowa

Iowa ThumbThe Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Hawkeye State (Updated May 2014)

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New Americans in Missouri

Missouri ThumbThe Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Show Me State (Updated Updated May 2014)

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New Americans in South Dakota

South Dakota ThumbThe Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Mount Rushmore State (Updated May 2014)

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New Americans in Louisiana

Louisiana ThumbThe Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Pelican State (Updated May 2013)

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