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Immigration Trends

A Quick Look at the Numbers

By Urban Institute

After a proportional decline from the beginning of the twentieth century until about the 1970s, immigrants now constitute a growing percentage of the U.S. population and are disproportionately poor and legally vulnerable. Immigrants are dispersed widely throughout the United States, and immigrant families commonly include members whose status varies from citizen to undocumented. Citizen children of undocumented parents are often eligible for benefits, including free legal assistance, even when their parents are not.

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