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Immigrants today account for 13.6% of the U.S. population. Of those immigrants, 23% are undocumented.

More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2017, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was India, with 126,000 people, followed by Mexico (124,000), China (121,000) and Cuba (41,000).

Pew Research Center

Before 1980, the odds of an undocumented Mexican migrant returning home was 50%. Today that number is 0%.

The transition from cyclical migration to permanent immigration coincided with a 10x increase in border security spending from the 1980s to 2010. If cyclical migration patters had remained the same, there would be an estimated 1/3 less undocumented immigrants from our southern border.

Mexican Migration Project, Princeton University

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