A High Percentage Of Mexico’s U.S. Immigrants Are Living There Illegally, Recent Survey Shows
For more than a year now, U.S. President Donald Trump has brought all kinds of attention to the number of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the United States. But one statistic that rarely gets any attention is the number of undocumented U.S. immigrants currently living in Mexico. As Excelsior reports, a 2015 INEGI survey (from Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography) showed that 91.2 percent of U.S. citizens living in the country are not legal residents. As of 2017, the U.S. State Department put the number of U.S. citizens residing in Mexico at around one million.
One notable difference between Mexico and the U.S. is how they handle their respective undocumented population. U.S. immigrants living in Mexico rarely face deportation — in 2013, only 690 U.S. citizens were deported from the country. Most undocumented citizens face only small fines and are encouraged to get a legal status. According to Excelsior, 11,328 Mexican citizens have been deported under the President Trump administration so far, though it is not clear where the paper got this number.
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