Census Data Shows Significant Decrease In Illegal Immigration Figures
For the first time in over a decade, census data confirms that the number of illegal immigrants within the U.S is experiencing a steady and significant decline. The estimated number of illegal immigrants now stands at 11.1 million — down from its 2007 peak of 12 million. Factors such as a struggling U.S. economy, an aging Mexican population, and new immigration legislation have all played a part in the dramatic shift in immigration trends.
The data indicates that Hispanic immigration (including those from Mexico and Latin America) has been waning overall in recent years, which was supported by a Pew study released earlier this year showing an historic standstill in Mexican immigration. Fewer Mexicans have been entering the U.S., and a number of those who were here have returned to Mexico, in many cases due to the U.S.’s weakened economy or changing immigration legislation.
According to the Pew Study, Asian immigrants are coming to the U.S. in greater numbers than immigrants from Latin Nations.
Immigration experts predict the current shift in immigration trends could result in a significant change in the racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. in the future. Current data indicates that 55 percent of illegal immigrants are of Mexican descent, other Latin Americans make up 25 percent, and Asians comprise 10 percent — many of whom arrived on and then overstayed their visas.
As our nation’s immigration landscape continues to evolve, Notaries working in the immigration sector can continue to best serve their clients by being aware of immigration trends and helping to educate immigrants on the proper role of the U.S. Notary.