- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Illegal immigration from Mexico has fallen dramatically this decade, sending the overall population of unauthorized people in the U.S. tumbling below the 11 million mark, according to a new think tank study released Thursday.

As of 2016 the illegal immigrant population stood at 10,790,000 — down from 11,725,000 in 2010, the Center for Migration Studies said. It’s the lowest level since 2003, CMS said.

While there were changes among the populations from myriad countries, the nearly 1 million decline can be attributed chiefly to Mexico, whose unauthorized population in the U.S. fell from 6.6 million down to 5.7 million.

Illegal immigration from Central America has risen, with 100,000 new unauthorized Hondurans and 50,000 Guatemalans. Illegal immigration from India is also up substantially, from 365,000 to 475,000, while Chinese illegal immigrants grew from 295,000 to 380,000.

But those were countered by drops from South Korea, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Poland, the new report concludes.

“The evidence of a widespread and sustained decline in undocumented migration to the United States is irrefutable,” the report says.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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