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Illegal Aliens - Where Do Illegal Aliens Come From?

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The 2000 census data was used by the INS to estimate that a total of seven million unauthorized residents were in the United States, double the 3.5 million estimated for 1990. That analysis identified Mexico as the leading country of origin of illegal aliens to the United States, accounting for 68.7% (4.8 million) of the estimated undocumented population in 2000. Fourteen countries were each estimated to be the source of 50,000 or more illegal aliens. Of the top fifteen countries of origin, only China, the Philippines, India, and Korea are not within the Western Hemisphere. (See Table 5.2.)

TABLE 5.2
Estimated unauthorized resident population, top 15 countries of origin, 1990 and 2000
SOURCE: "Table B. Estimated Unauthorized Resident Population, Top 15 Countries, 1990 and 2000," in Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: 1990 to 2000, Office of Policy and Planning, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, January 2003, http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/aboutus/statistics/Ill_Report_1211.pdf (accessed March 9, 2005)

Estimated population Percent of total population
Country of origin 2000 (1) 1990 (2) Growth 1990–2000 (3) = (1) - (2) 2000 (4) 1990 (5)
    All countries 7,000 3,500 3,500 100.0% 100.0%
Mexico 4,808 2,040 2,768 68.7% 58.3%
EI Salvador 189 298 −109 2.7% 8.5%
Guatemala 144 118 26 2.1% 3.4%
Colombia 141 51 91 2.0% 1.4%
Honduras* 138 42 96 2.0% 1.2%
China 115 70 45 1.6% 2.0%
Ecuador 108 37 71 1.5% 1.0%
Dominican Republic 91 46 45 1.3% 1.3%
Philippines 85 70 14 1.2% 2.0%
Brazil 77 20 58 1.1% 0.6%
Haiti 76 67 8 1.1% 1.9%
India 70 28 41 1.0% 0.8%
Peru 61 27 34 0.9% 0.8%
Korea 55 24 31 0.8% 0.7%
Canada 47 25 22 0.7% 0.7%
All other countries 795 537 259 11.4% 15.3%
*Includes 105,000 Hondurans granted temporary protected status in December 1998.

FIGURE 5.5
Border patrol sectors
SOURCE: "Border Patrol Sectors," U.S. Department of Homeland Security, http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/enforcement/border_patrol/border_patrol_sectors/ (accessed April 6, 2003)

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about 3 years ago

I support legal immigration for would-be immigrants who have no criminal records or contagious diseases, who read, write and speak good English, who demonstrate true allegiance to the U.S. and if male and under 30, is willing to serve in the U.S. military. In addition all applicants for visas should swear that they will never seek any free benefits, including health care and agree to return to their native lands rather that seek public assistance.