In the decade ending in 2011, an estimated three million new illegal immigrants joined the U.S. population. That brought the nation’s illegal immigrant total to 11.5 million.
California, Texas and Florida continue to have the largest concentrations of illegal immigrants, but other states are experiencing rapid growth. Georgia saw a 95 percent increase in unauthorized immigrants. North Carolina’s illegal population grew 53 percent.
Florida experienced an 8 percent decline in illegals during the decade but still ranks third overall.
Our infographic on illegal immigration has more, including the top ten states where illegals reside. See “What Do Others Say?” for a range of views, then add to the discussion below. What do you make of the shifts in immigrant population? Does the U.S. need comprehensive immigration reform?