Snapshot of the Number of Unauthorized Foreign-Born People in the United States, 2000 and 2011

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May 8, 2013

Number of Unauthorized Foreign-Born People in the United States, by Birthplace, 2000 and 2011

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has estimated that, in 2011, about 11.5 million U.S. residents were in the country without legal authorization—about 3 million more than in 2000. Most of that increase was due to an increase in the unauthorized population from Mexico. According to DHS, in 2011 about 6.8 million unauthorized residents in the United States came from Mexico, an increase of more than 2 million since 2000.