Re­port: Fewer im­mi­grants with­out sta­tus since 2009

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SANTA ANA | The num­ber of im­mi­grants in the U.S. il­le­gally fell to 11 mil­lion since 2009, largely be­cause of a drop-off in the num­ber of Mex­i­cans with­out le­gal sta­tus, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased Tues­day.

The re­port by the non­par­ti­san Pew Re­search Cen­ter — us­ing sur­vey data from 2015 — showed the num­ber of im­mi­grants lack­ing le­gal sta­tus was 11.3 mil­lion in 2009. The num­ber of Mex­i­cans in the coun­try il­le­gally dropped to about 5.6 mil­lion from 6.4 mil­lion dur­ing the same six-year pe­riod.

Pew didn’t give a rea­son for the de­cline. But in other ear­lier reports it said the U.S. econ­omy was slow to re­cover from the re­ces­sion and bor­der en­force­ment got stricter around that time.

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