Illegal Immigration Facts

About 40 million immigrantslegal and illegallived in the U.S. in 2010, 28 percent more than in 2000.

Of the top-sending countries, those with the greatest increases were Honduras (85 percent), India (74 percent), Guatemala (73 percent), Peru (54 percent), El Salvador (49 percent), Ecuador (48 percent) and China (43 percent).

Some 68 percent of working-age (18 to 65) immigrants held jobs in March 2011, the same as natives.

In 2010, 23 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children lived in poverty, compared to 13.5 percent of the native population. They comprised 25 percent of all persons in poverty.

Some 36 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one major welfare program in 2010. The comparable figure for natives was 23 percent.

In 2010, 29 percent of immigrants and their U.S.-born children lacked health insurance, about twice the 13.8-percent rate of natives.

About 28 percent of immigrants are in the country illegally.

Source: Center for Immigration Studies

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