December 7, 2012
A new report Thursday says the United States is no longer the beacon for illegal immigration that it was when the economy here was expanding rapidly.
New figures from the Pew Hispanic Center estimate there were 11.1 million illegal immigrants living in the country last year. That is virtually unchanged from the 11.2 million estimate for 2010 and in line with the 11.1 million figure the year before that.
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The figure peaked at 12 million in 2007 after rising steadily for at least a decade. Pew puts the number of illegal immigrants in the country in 2000 at just 8.4 million.