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Are There Really 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.?

Are There Really 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.?

In response to questions raised by the presidential candidates concerning immigration reform, researchers have crunched numbers from the Pew Research Center in order to estimate the total number of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Based on data gathered through 2014, Pew estimates that, indeed, the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is just above 11 million. Pew’s figure is based on the estimated foreign-born population, less the estimated number of immigrants with legal status. Data for these estimates comes from the surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and primarily from the American Community Survey. Estimates for the number of legal immigrants in the United States come from the Department of Homeland Security, which keeps track of the number of immigrants admitted for lawful permanent residence and those who are admitted as refugees. Pew also looks at data on the Mexican population in order to further check its numbers, comparing the population living in Mexico to the population living in the United States. Pew also slightly adjusts this data to account for the “undercount”, or those individuals who did not participate in the surveys, based on the theory that legal immigrants are more likely to participate than undocumented immigrants. Adjustments also occur in order to account for deaths and immigrants who otherwise have left the country. Pew stands by its estimates due to the fact that housing units, unlike people, are not mobile. As a result, Pew believes that its estimate is unlikely to be wrong, and, if anything, its estimates are a little higher. With this very high estimate of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., it is clear that there are many individuals and families who are vulnerable to deportation charges. The Oakland immigration attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., have the skills and knowledge that you need when facing deportation charges. Our job is to help gather evidence to defend you against deportation, explore all of your options, and build the strongest case possible that will allow you to remain in the U.S. with your family. Call us today at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., and learn how we can help you and your family in your deportation case.

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