A Snapshot of the Undocumented Population in the United States (VIDEO)
Excerpt from webinar with Tara Watson (Williams College), Jennifer Hunt (Rutgers University) and Eduardo Porter (New York Times), October 9, 2018. A collaboration between EconoFact and The Hamilton Project, Brookings.
The Issue:Despite recent increases in detentions of unauthorized immigrants at the border, the unauthorized population living in the U.S. has been relatively stable at between 11-12 million over the past decade. Tara Watson at Williams College, and Eduardo Porter of the New York Times discuss the factors that affect the flows of undocumented immigrants into the United States.
Unauthorized immigrants make up about a quarter of the foreign born population of the U.S.
What this Means:
Stricter border enforcement over the past couple of decades has meant that undocumented immigrants are less likely to come and go, meaning that they are more likely to settle and more likely to have been in the U.S. for ten years or more.