Total Immigration flat, unauthorized population down

The total foreign-born population in the U.S. was 40 million. In 2019 it was 45 million. After 2015 the total number stopped growing. How did that happen? Not due to a decline in legal in-migration into the country (which went up), but due to an absolute decline in unauthorized persons. And there appears to have been an increase in the number of legal immigrants who left the country. (These estimates arise from several ways to ascertain the foreign-born population.)

The share of the immigrant population that was unauthorized declined from 29% in 2010 to 23% in 2019.

Regarding unauthorized persons, between 2010 and 2019, those from Mexico fell 28 percent. During the same period, the undocumented population from three Central American countries (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) rose by 28%. Taking into account persons from all countries, the total number of unauthorized persons population declined by 1.4 million, or 12 percent, to 10.4 million.

The undocumented population in California continued its decade-long decline, falling by 23 percent from 2.9 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2019.

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