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Six charts on the immigrants who call the US home

By Kriston McIntosh, Ryan Nunn, and Jay Shambaugh

The BBC, in collaboration with the Hamilton Project gives an overview of the immigration trends in America. With 14% of the population today born abroad, the immigration population is maintaining the US birthrate, despite a fall in native born seeing a drop in birth rate. Most of these immigrants come from Asia (30.4%) and Mexico (27.3%). Of the 43.5 million foreign born in the US, 11.1 million are unauthorized immigrants, a sharp decline since 2009. Education attainment of children born to foreign parents follows a similar pattern to children born to native parents. Immigrants also contribute to the economy through innovation and contribution to the overall GDP.

November 29, 2018

Illegal immigrants in U.S. at lowest level since 2004: study

By Alex Dobuzinskis

A PEW study shows that a decline in Mexican immigration has created the lowest unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S. since 2004. The study cited a mixture of impacts from the beginning of the 2007 economic recession and a change in enforcement. As a result, those overstaying their visas were more likely to account for the unauthorized immigrant population, rather than illegal border crossings, with Asians accounting for 22% of the unauthorized immigrant population. Two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants have lived in the U.S. for over a decade.

November 27, 2018

As the immigration debate rages, she quietly counts the dead along the border — and memorializes them with quilts

By Cathy Free

Amid the migration debate, Judy Ipsen continues her the “Migrant Quilt Project” creating one quilt a year since 2002 commemorating the lives lost during border crossing. The project aims to raise awareness about the dangerous road migrants face crossing the southern border of the U.S. The project hopes to educate for policy change and to show the humanity of the thousands of lives lost each year at the border.

October 31, 2018