Illegal immigrants now outnumber Americans who are officially unemployed

Saturday, August 8, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Saturday, August 08, 2015

A new report says that the number of illegal aliens currently residing in the United States has surpassed the number of unemployed Americans looking for work, a statistic that is bound to become a factor in the 2016 presidential race.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, new data from the Pew Research Center found that there were approximately 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. in 2014, compared to 9.6 million American citizens who were unemployed in the same year.

The Pew report, which utilized data from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, notes:

An estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014. The new unauthorized immigrant total includes people who cross the border illegally as well as those who arrive with legal visas and remain in the U.S. after their visas expire.

Of the 11.3 million illegals, 8.1 million are currently participating in the labor force.

“Unauthorized immigrants make up 5.1 percent of the U.S. labor force,” said the Pew report. “In the U.S. labor force, there were 8.1 million unauthorized immigrants either working or looking for work in 2012.”

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