Number of immigrants illegally in Arizona drops

Number of immigrants illegally in Arizona drops

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The population of immigrants in Arizona who lack legal status has dropped over the last few years.

A new report from the Pew Research Center shows the number has fallen from about 350,000 in 2012 to about 300,000 in 2009.

The number of immigrants who lack legal status has remained steady in the U.S. with 11.2 million, the same amount there were in 2009.

But population trends have shifted, with many immigrants now residing in the Midwest and East Coast.

The number of mostly U.S.-born children with at least one parent who lacks legal status has remained high in Arizona. Eleven percent of K-12 students in the state have a parent lacking legal status.

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