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According to president of the Migration Policy Institute, Demetrios Papademetriou said that, “Increasingly the problem is the 11 million people (in the country illegally), rather than the border itself.”
The amount of arrests of individuals trying to sneak across the border has been progressively decreasing since 2006, after an all-time record of over 1.6 million arrests in 2000. During that decade, more immigrants have become permanent residents of the United States.
“This is all part of a larger picture that we’re not seeing very many new undocumented immigrants coming in, so the share of new undocumented immigrants is smaller,” said senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, Jeffrey Passel. “A lot of people are staying. They’ve put down roots. There clearly hasn’t been a large scale departure of people who have been here a while,” he added.
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