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Record Number of Mexican Immigrants Now Live in U.S.

April 15, 2009


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About one in every 10 people born in Mexico now resides in the United States, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The center says that a record 12.7 million Mexican immigrants lived in the United States in 2008 -- a 17-fold increase since 1970.

More than half of them -- 55 percent -- are illegal immigrants, the report states.

"Compared with the U.S. born population, Mexican immigrants are more likely to be male, married, and live in larger households," the report says. "They are less educated, more likely to be unemployed, have lower incomes and higher poverty rates."

The center's announcement was timed come on the eve of President Obama's visit to Mexico.

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, bills itself as a "nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts."

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