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- Share to facebook - Share to linkedin. A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. government data from 2016 has found that the U.S. illegal immigrant population has fallen to its lowest level in a decade. In 2007, the number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. peaked at an estimated 12.2 million and by 2016, that fell to 10.7 million. The decline can be attributed to a sharp decrease in the number of Mexicans entering the U.S. without authorization. There were nearly 7 million Mexicans living in the U.S. illegally in 2007 and their ranks fell to 5.4 million by 2016. Despite the decline, Mexico still accounts for just over half of the unauthorized immigrant population. The Mexican b... Full story

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