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 Maryland.
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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Maryland experienced a dramatic increase in illegal immigrants as the state added 25,000 to its population through that period.
Maryland was the 11th highest-ranked state in the total number of illegal immigrants according to the estimates, but it was seventh in the nation in percentage of population that was there illegally.
Data from the Pew Research Center found in 2012
that illegal immigration in Maryland:
- Was estimated at 250,000 illegal residents
- Made up 4.3 percent of the Maryland's total population
- Accounted for 29 percent of all immigrants in Maryland
- Was responsible for 5.7 percent — children born to parents who were unauthorized residents — of all K-12 students
- Comprised 6.2 percent of the state's workforce
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- Was diverse: only 12 percent of the illegal residents in Maryland originated from Mexico
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