Tuesday, September 21, 2010
- The United States is in the midst of the largest migratory wave in history:
- Since the 1990s, more than 1 million new immigrants have arrived each year.
- A total of approximately 38 million immigrants live in the U.S. — about three times the number of transnational immigrants in the world’s second-largest country of immigration, the Russian Federation.
- Nearly one-third of the immigrant population of the United States is now undocumented, by far the largest number (and proportion) in U.S. immigration history.
- In total, the number is approximately 12 million unauthorized persons.
Children of Immigrants:
- More than 70 million people in the United States are immigrants, or the children of immigrants.
- Children of immigrants are now the fastest-growing sector of the child population in the United States.
- Approximately 2 million children are in the United States as undocumented immigrants.
- About 65,000 undocumented children who have lived in the United States for five years or longer graduate from high school each year.
- Although they can legally attend most colleges, they are not eligible for most forms of financial aid.
- Given the opportunity to receive additional education and move into better-paying jobs, undocumented
students could pay more in taxes and have more money to spend and invest in the U.S. economy.