SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally fell nearly 3 percent from 2009 to 2015, largely because of a decrease in the number of Mexicans without legal status, according to a study released Tuesday.
The report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center — using survey data from 2015 — showed the number of immigrants lacking legal status was 11.3 million in 2009 and 11 million in 2015. The number of Mexicans in the country illegally dropped to about 5.6 million from 6.4 million during the same six-year period.
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In fact, among illegal immigrants, Mexicans may no longer be the majority, according to Pew’s data. They were 52 percent of the total in 2014, 51 percent in 2015 and — according to preliminary estimates — 50 percent of the total in 2016.
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