Yesterday, the Pew Hispanic Center released updated numbers of unauthorized immigrants living in America. Wondering how these numbers are calculated, given that it is a more difficult population to assess?

ABC Univision has a plain-English explanation of our methodology, with help from Jeff Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center. "Back around 1980 or so the conventional wisdom of the time was there were 6 to 12 million unauthorized immigrants living in the country," Passel tells ABC. "That was both very wide and very wrong."

According to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, there were 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in March 2011, unchanged from the previous two years and a continuation of the sharp decline in this population since its peak in 2007.

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According to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, there were 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in March 2011, unchanged from the previous two years and a continuation of the sharp decline in this population since its peak in 2007.


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Up to 1.4 million children and young adults in the United States illegally could potentially benefit from today’s announcement by the Obama administration about changes in deportation policies, according to an estimate just released from the Pew Hispanic Center.  

  • 700,000 unauthorized immigrants ages 18-30 who arrived in the U.S. as children and are currently enrolled in school or have graduated from high school
  • 700,000 under the age of 18 enrolled in school
  • 150,000 currently enrolled in high school
  • represents 12% of the 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. (as of 2010)
  • 70% of potential beneficiaries from Mexico

Read more at http://pewrsr.ch/MXRiwp