Immigration Fact of the Week June 7

undocumented immigrantsQuestion:

What are the states with the most undocumented immigrants?

Answer:

The states with the largest proportion of undocumented immigrants are Nevada, California, Texas, New Jersey and Arizona.

Estimating the exact number of undocumented immigrants living in any particular state is difficult, but according to a Pew Hispanic Center study released in 2011, the state with the largest percentage of undocumented immigrants is Nevada where 7.2% of the state’s population is undocumented.  Next is California, with 6.8%, and Texas, with 6.7%, followed by New Jersey, 6.2%, and Arizona, 6.0%.

California, however, is the state with the largest number of undocumented immigrants: 2.6 million undocumented immigrants call California their home. This makes California the state that could benefit the most from immigration reform.

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