If you’re like most people, you’ve heard a lot about illegal immigration – but how much do you really know about immigration naturalization services and how illegal immigration and undocumented migrants shape U.S. society?
What Is An Illegal Immigrant?
Illegal immigrants are typically considered to be somebody who has “sneaked” across the United States border with no authorization or documentation from immigration naturalization services. While this may be true, a small percentage of illegal immigrants result from sneaking across the border. The biggest percentage in the past 10 years has consisted of those who have overstayed their time limit on their legal Work, Student, Visitor Visas.
An immigrant is illegal, unauthorized, or undocumented if they are living in the United States under secret, and without proper documentation and support of legal immigration naturalization services. As of 2016, an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the United States.
10 Illegal Immigration Facts That May Shock You
These 10 illegal immigration facts may shock you, but they’re definitely worth learning.
- More than 30 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. own their own homes. That contributes to local economies and the strength of our housing market – but even renting a home, which is what the majority of undocumented immigrants to, contributes to the economy.
- Only about 56 percent of undocumented immigrants are from Mexico. Guatemala, Ecuador, and Honduras are the home countries of about 13.5 percent of the U.S.’s undocumented immigrants. China and India are the next-largest groups, composing about 5 percent of the country’s total undocumented immigrant population.
- The number of Mexicans coming over the southern border has declined by 81.5 percent in the past two decades. A recent report from the U.S. Border Patrol shows a huge drop in apprehensions of Mexican citizens at the southern border.
- The majority of undocumented immigrants are here because they overstayed a visa. Since 2007, more people have become illegal immigrants by overstaying visas that have crossed the border; they entered the U.S. legally but failed to leave when their visas expired.
- States, where there are larger numbers of undocumented immigrants, have lower crime rates than other states do. A study published in the journal Criminology says that increases in undocumented immigrant populations come with decreases in the “prevalence of violence.”
- There are only around 350 immigration judges in the United States. Despite claims that there are “thousands and thousands” of immigration judges working in the U.S., there are really only about 350, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Only 2.7 percent of undocumented immigrants have been convicted of felonies – a far cry from some of the numbers politicians sometimes throw around to get votes.
- People who cross the border today are ineligible for DACA. In order to be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, undocumented immigrants had to be present in the U.S. during the year 2012. That means people who cross the border illegally today are ineligible and can’t take advantage of the program.
- Undocumented immigrants are not allowed to vote in federal elections. Federal and state laws prohibit non-citizens from registering to vote or voting in federal elections.
- Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for public benefits. Food stamp programs aren’t available to undocumented immigrants.
What Are Your Immigration Questions?
If you’re looking for a path to U.S. citizenship or you need to discuss other immigration-related matters and you need an attorney’s help, we’re here for you. We help our clients with family immigration issues, business immigration, visas and green cards, deportation issues and other immigration naturalization services, and we can help you, too.
Call us at (214) 999-1942 for a free consultation with a Miami immigration attorney right now. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you the legal advice you deserve.