Facts about immigration in the U.S.

11 million
Estimated number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. in 2013, 60 percent of whom have been in the U.S. for more than a decade

409,849
People deported from the U.S. in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012

$18 billion
U.S. federal government spending on immigration enforcement in FY 2012, more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined

4.5 million
Approximate number of U.S. citizen children who have at least one undocumented parent

Photo credits: Saulo Padilla, Matthew Lester/MCC, West Coast MCC.
Photo credits: Saulo Padilla, Matthew Lester/MCC, West Coast MCC.

46,000
Estimated number of their parents deported in first half of 2011

5,000
Approximate number now in foster care after one or both parents were deported

20 years
Wait time for a U.S. citizen to bring their adult unmarried children from Mexico to the U.S.

23 years
Wait time for a sibling from the Philippines

3 million
Estimated number of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the U.S.

55,921
Number of H2A visas for temporary, agricultural work in 2010

5
Number of years a green card holder must wait to be eligible for federal public benefits, such as Medicaid and food stamps

Sources: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics; Immigration Policy Center; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Migration Policy Institute; Applied Research Center; U.S. Department of State, Visa Bulletin; National Center for Farmworker Health.

1 Comment

  1. Laura Myers
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    Thank you for gathering these statistics. Could you please provide more current data?

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