Number of unauthorized immigrants in US fell in 2016 to lowest level in a decade: Pew
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The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. reached its lowest level in more than a decade in 2016, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.

Pew notes that there were 10.7 million people in the U.S. who were unauthorized immigrants in 2016, according to estimates it produced based on government data.

That is about 1.5 million fewer than the peak of about 12.2 million in 2007 and the lowest number of such immigrants living in the U.S. since 2004.


Pew noted that the reason for the decline is largely tied to a drop in the number of individuals from Mexico who were living in the U.S. without authorization.

Still, people from the country make up about half of the unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. 


The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. from regions such as South America and Canada also dipped, but at a less drastic rate. 

Meanwhile, the total number of unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. from Central America increased by 375,000 people since 2007. 

Pew additionally noted that while the population of unauthorized immigrants experienced a 13 percent drop since 2007, the lawful immigrant population rose by 22 percent. 

In all, 34.4 million lawful immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2016, according to the research center's data.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE has sought to take a hard-line stance on immigration since entering office in early 2017.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to build a wall along the southern border and has looked to change policies surrounding how migrants can seek asylum.