Contradictory to many assumptions, a new report Tuesday revealed the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has stabilized in recent years after decades of rapid growth.
Released by the Pew Research Center, the report shows the population of Mexicans living illegally in the United States has decreased 1.1 million from its peak in 2007 to 5.8 million in 2014.
While Mexicans still made up 52 percent of all unauthorized immigrants in 2014, the origin countries of unauthorized immigrants have shifted, with the number from Mexico declining since 2009 and the number from elsewhere rising.
The analysis of census and other government data also found that the in Alabama — along with California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina — the illegal immigrant population has declined. In all of the states, the decline was due to a decrease in unauthorized immigrants from Mexico.
According to the data, Alabama’s undocumented immigrant population dropped from some 80,000 illegal immigrants in 2009 to 65,000 illegals in 2014.
“The number of unauthorized immigrants from all other countries rose in Alabama during those years, but not as much as the number from Mexico went down,” according to the report.