While illegal immigration has been a frequent subject of national debate, it's worth taking a look how each state is impacted individually by illegal immigration. Here's a behind-the-numbers look at how illegal immigration has impacted Kentucky.
According to research into U.S. census data by the Pew Research Center
, 14 states saw a dip in illegal immigrant populations from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, those illegal immigrants numbered about 3.5 percent of the total U.S. population — 11. 2 million — of close to 316 million people, Pew noted. Additionally, those illegals marked 26 percent of the 42.5 million U.S. residents who were foreign-born.
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Figures from Kentucky remained relatively static through that period as no significant changes were recorded.
Data from the Pew Research Center found in 2012
that illegal immigration in Kentucky:
- Was estimated at 35,000 illegal residents
- Made up 0.8 percent of the Kentucky's total population
- Accounted for 26 percent of all immigrants in Kentucky
- Was responsible for 1.8 percent — children born to parents who were unauthorized residents — of all K-12 students
- Comprised 1.2 percent of the state's workforce
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- Originated largely from Mexico: 48 percent of those illegal residents in Kentucky were of Mexican descent
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