The number of people living in the U.S. illegally fell to its lowest level in a decade in 2015, revealing a trend already underway even as President Donald Trump promised a tougher fight against unauthorized immigration as a major campaign pillar.
The number of undocumented residents fell to 11 million in 2015, the lowest level since 2005, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. The estimate includes people who crossed the border illegally and those who stayed after their legal visas had expired. It’s based on data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The Department of Homeland Security has also reported declines in the number of people apprehended at the U.S. border over the past few months, as Trump took office, after ticking upward last spring and fall.
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The number of undocumented immigrants fell during the Great Recession that began in 2007, as it became harder to find work
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