Pew Research has an interesting piece up entitled A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States. There is a lot here to talk about–so much so that this blog post is going to focus only on the opening paragraph:
Unauthorized immigrants living in the United States are more geographically dispersed than in the past and are more likely than either U.S.-born residents or legal immigrants to live in a household with a spouse and children. In addition, a growing share of the children of unauthorized immigrant parents — 73% — were born in this country and are U.S. citizens.
Like I said: there’s a lot here. I want to break this down into a few topics and look at each one in more detail. First, I want to talk about the effects of greater geographic dispersal, followed by the ramifications of the fact that growing numbers of illegal immigrants are parents of US citizens. Finally, I want to talk a bit about the fact that greater numbers of unauthorized immigrants live in intact homes in comparison to US-born residents or legal immigrants.