Graphic: Fewer illegal immigrants, but they’re staying longer

SHARE Graphic: Fewer illegal immigrants, but they’re staying longer

As the immigration debate heats up ahead of an anticipated executive order from President Obama later this month, two new reports from the Pew Research Center have updated two key areas of the debate: The current size of the illegal immigrant population (which is smaller, but staying longer than before) and the latest on how Americans view the top priorities for dealing with immigration. Scroll through the charts to see the reports’ findings:

As the number of illegal immigrants has leveled off …

The drop has been due largely to the recession that began in 2007

… illegal immigrants are staying in the U.S. longer.

In 2013, the median number of years immigrants resided in the U.S. was 13

… and as a result, they are increasingly parents of U.S. citizens.

Allowing parents to stay with their U.S.-born children is a key area of the debate

At the same time, a larger percent of the public wants to see stronger border control and law enforcement:

The Latest
Investigators have gotten different versions of what happened Friday evening when Cecilia Thomas was shot in the head in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive, according to Chicago police Supt. David Brown.
There were 243 passengers and 12 crew members on board the train. Officials said there were early reports of injuries.
“I have to give a shout-out to the police. They did an amazing job. There were plenty of police resources,” Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said. “Given the volume of people that were here, they did a great job…I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
The owners were bombarded with calls once news of the Bridgeport institution’s closure spread. “We know we are always busy, but the way they think about the food, and about everything is amazing,” co-owner Josie Rodriguez said.
“I know everyone wants COVID to be over,” said Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. “Unfortunately, we continue to see the COVID virus itself mutate quickly, with new, more contagious subvariants emerging every few weeks.”