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The US had 45 million foreign-born residents in 2021, including a quarter who were born in Mexico and a quarter who were unauthorized; half of the unauthorized were born in Mexico. A third of foreign-born US residents are from Mexico and Central America, and almost a third are from Asia.
⅓ of US foreign-born residents are from Mexico and Central America
The US has a sixth of the 280 million international migrants, defined by the UN as persons outside their country of birth for a year or more regardless of the reason for being in another country or legal status. Legal immigration, unauthorized migration, and foreigners seeking asylum are increasing the number of foreign-born US residents.
Unauthorized. The 11 million unauthorized foreigners are concentrated in several ways. About half are from Mexico and a quarter are in California. Some of the unauthorized have a temporary legal status, such as DACA recipients who arrived in the US before the age of 16 and graduated from US high schools.
|Lawful Permanent Residents||28%|
|No Lawful Status||19%|