Mexicans are no longer the majority among the undocumented. Who now occupies the position?

Despite the speech and anti-immigration measures of the president Donald Trump and his team The number of undocumented in the country has decreased in the last decade. In the year 2017, says the Pew Research Centerwas 1.7 million less unauthorized immigrants than in 2007. For his part, the number of undocumented Mexicans decreased in such a way that it is no longer the leading nationality in this immigration status.

The decrease in undocumented immigrants in general, reveals the research center, is largely due to the fact that there are more unauthorized Mexican immigrants leaving the country than entering it. Between 2002 and 2007, an annual average of 375,000 undocumented Mexicans entered the United States. In the period from 2012 to 2017 this annual figure fell to 90,000.

The study reveals that the number of unauthorized migrants of other nationalities increased slightly but they have a greater participation in the total due to the drop in the number of Mexicans. In 2017 non-Mexican immigrants were 5.5 million, while in 2007 they had been 5.3 million.

Currently, the nationalities that The most growing in this matter are the Central Americans (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and the Asians while there are fewer and fewer South Americans (Colombia, Peru and Ecuador), Europeans and Canadians who do not have their situation regularized in the United States.

Another piece of information that the Pew Center research shows is the way in which these people enter the United States. Most immigrants “do not cross the border illegally” but “probably they arrive with legal visas and exceed the date of departure“. These last immigrants are a large majority since 2010.

On the other hand, according to Pew Research, more than 1.5 million people with temporary permission to remain in the US could be deported due to changes in government policies.