Census: Average illegal immigrant has lived in US for 15 years, longest on record

In the latest example of how ineffective immigration law has been for decades, a new report on Census Bureau numbers shows that the typical illegal immigrant has lived inside the United States for 15 years.

And, according to a Pew Research Center analysis, that is the longest on record.


“In 2017, the typical unauthorized immigrant adult had lived in the U.S. for 15 years. That is the longest median duration of residence since 1995, when Pew Research Center estimates began,” said the center.

Pew further explained: “In 2017, only 20% of unauthorized immigrant adults lived in the U.S. for five years or less, down from 30% a decade earlier. About two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants have been in the U.S. for more than 10 years; a decade earlier, less than half had.”

The Washington Examiner’s Homeland Security reporter Anna Giaritelli looked at the larger report and found that the number of illegals in the U.S. has dropped due to the departure of Mexicans.

She wrote that report also found that the illegal population is 10.5 million, down from 12.2 million in 2007.

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