Are there more legal or illegal immigrants to the US?


Illegal immigrants are less than 2% of the US populatoinCritics of immigration love to talk about illegal immigration and how much of a problem it is in our society.  This also leads to talks of having to increase the strength of our border, in order to stop the “massive flow” of illegal immigrants coming across the border.  What these critics do not realize however, is that crossing the border illegally is one of the least common ways in which immigrants come to this country.  Here are some points to keep in mind:

  1. 75% of the immigrants who currently reside in this country have legal permanent resident status.
  2. Of the 25% of immigrants who are here illegally, 40% of them are only illegal because they have stayed in the country past the expiration of their temporary visa.
  3. At most 15% (60% of 25% of immigrants) of all of immigrants in the U.S. crossed the border illegally.  That is 60% (illegal) multiplied by 25% of all immigrants equals 15% of all immigrants to the U.S.

Let’s put this into numbers.

  1. It is estimated that there are 41.3 million immigrants in the United States.
  2. Of those 41.3 million, 25% are here illegally which equals 11.4 million.  Of which 4,560,000 overstayed their visa.
  3. 15% of 41.3 million is equal to 6,195,000 crossed illegally.
  4. The U.S. population is currently 318,900,000 people.  That means that less than 2% of the U.S. population is here illegally.

There is a lot of misinformation in the news today.  To solve the problem of illegal immigration you must first understand the problems.  That means focusing on the facts not fairy tales.

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