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The U.S. Just Saw The Lowest Number Of Undocumented Immigrants In Over A Decade

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Despite current headlines about migrant caravans and an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants, the number of people living in the U.S. illegally fell to its lowest numbers in more than a decade. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. fell to 10.7 million in 2016 which is down about 1.5 million people in 2007, when an estimated peak of 12.2 undocumented immigrants were living in America.

During the span of nine years from 2007 to 2016, the illegal immigrant population reduced by 13 percent. The lowest number since 2004.

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The study estimates come from figures published by sources like the Census Bureau, which tracks foreign-born people living in the U.S., along with other demographic data including death rates and legal border admissions. Not only has there been a drop in undocumented people in the U.S., the demographic of undocumented people has changed. Since the findings are based on 2016 populations, the decline in numbers can’t be credited to President Donald Trump, who took office in January 2017, and his immigration policies.

The big decline is due to a sharp decrease in the number of Mexicans entering the country.

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While they still make up a bulk of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S today, migration out of Mexico has declined considerably. That may be due to a revival in job opportunities and growing economy in Mexico. In a stark contrast, the number of migrants from Central America living in the U.S. without documentation rose between 2007 and 2016, mainly due to increased violence and economic uncertainty. The number of undocumented immigrants from Central America increased by 375,000 between 2007 and 2016, to a total of 1.85 million people, the study shows.

The number of people who came to the U.S. illegally and are from South America, Europe and Canada decreased while those from the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Africa rose in steady numbers.

The majority of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. have lived here for a decade or longer.

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In 2007, the average length of an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S. was 8.6 years; nine years later, it has grown to an average 14.8 years. This shows that the average undocumented person in the U.S. either has been living in the country for quite some time and there are less people coming in during that same span.

D’Vera Cohn, a senior writer at Pew Research, says undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. shows how much more rooted this population is here than before.

“This is a much more rooted, established population than it was in 2007,” Ms. Cohn told the NY Times. “There are markedly fewer short-term residents and more long term residents.”

Programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) have protected one million undocumented people from deportation.

According to the report, 700,000 people in the U.S. who were brought to the country without documents as children have received protection from deportation through the DACA program. Additionally, 317,000 from 10 nations have received TPS, which applies to those from countries that have experienced natural disasters like Haiti.

The report notes that the The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to end protections for immigrants from six nations that include El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, which account for the vast majority of the 317,000. Those seeking asylum are also included in the numbers presented by the study.

What does this report mean when it comes to unauthorized immigration in the U.S. as a whole?

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In what may be a surprise to some, the state of California saw a 550,00 decrease in unauthorized immigrants, the biggest amongst all states. While states like Louisiana, Maryland and Massachusetts saw major increases. When it comes to jobs, the number of unauthorized immigrants in the workforce was 7.8 million, which was lower in 2016 than in 2007 and they made up less than five percent of the workforce, also a drop from 2007 when it was about 5.4 percent.

Overall, the findings in the report show changing immigration trends shifting from countries like Mexico and an increase in those arriving from Central America. Those that have overstayed their visa also appear to make up a significant share of overall illegal immigration. Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see if recent immigration polices have deterred more immigrants from coming to the illegally or if more have left the country all together.


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The Power of Candle Colors, Scents and Their Effects

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The Power of Candle Colors, Scents and Their Effects

Burning candles is a sign of divine life in the Mexican culture for the divine presence of God. Ancient Mexico Christians burned candles for prayer and funeral processions. They were also used for mass and liturgical march. Candles were used to show respect for the Blessed Sacrament and throughout prayer ceremonies.

Candles are burned to symbolize good faith, grace, and wisdom. They are lit during Sacrament of Baptism, Holy Communion, prayers, and funeral processions. They also represent the dedication for divine life. The light from candles in current catholic Mexican tradition also signifies Christ or the presence of the divine spirit. This is why Catholic churches burn candles in honor of Jesus.

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The color of a candle is a form of vibration that affects us on different levels. They also cause us to react to the subconscious energy of each color. Different colors of candles can attract various emotions. Some colors can promote peace, love, and harmony. While others attract love and relationships. This article is will help you understand the meaning of candle colors, scents, and their effect.

Effects of Candle Colors:

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Each color provides powerful effects that can help restore, improve, and promote positive energy. This, in turn, will allow you to understand the meanings of each color for linking individual energy towards positive conclusions.

White Candles: These candles help promote peace by destroying negative energy.

Purple Candles: Candles of this color promote wisdom and spiritual awareness.

Lavender Candles: Lavender helps with healing and restoring peace.

Blue Candles: The color blue opens the lines of communication by encouraging happiness and forgiveness.

Green Candles: Green is known to promote luck and represents abundance.

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Rose Candles: Rose helps promote self-love, harmony, and friendship.

Yellow Candles: This color helps boost confidence and springs plans into action.

Orange Candles: This color focuses on stimulation, energy, and strength.

Red Candles: his is the color of passion, love and promotes courage.

Black Candles: Black candles provide protection by absorbing and destroying negative energy.

Silver Candles: Silver is the color of feminine energy, psychic development, and removes unwanted energy.

Gold Candles: Gold is the color of solar energy and spiritual attainment.

The Healing Power of Candle Colors

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Each color plays an important role in our lives. Thus, they help protect your health and provides natural healing of common illnesses. This is why it is important to learn how colored candles can rejuvenate your health.

Violet candles help reduce allergies.

Rose candles help decrease anxiety.

Candles that are Green and Violet help protect you from catching a cold.

Orange, Indigo and Rose colored candles help you with depression.

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Blue candles help restore your sleep pattern by reducing insomnia.

Yellow candles help you with indigestion problems.

Blue candles help against fevers.

Candles that are blue or green help get rid of headaches

Colored Candles for Affirmations and Interventions

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Based on specific candle color meanings these can be used for the following affirmations and intentions:

Black or Green double action candles help promote good luck and wealth by removing negative energy away from you.

Red double action candles help people fall in love.

White or Black double action candles help increase spiritual energy.

Black outside and red inside reversible candles help you surround yourself with good spirits.

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Green colored 7 knob candles help you achieve success to win or land a new job.

White 7 knob candles promote peace in your home or at your workplace.

Red Adam and Eve candle help encourage passion to your relationship.

A Red witch candle will increase the power of affirmation by placing a piece of paper under the candle.

How Scents Can Improve Your Well-Being

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Scents can help do amazing things for our mind, body, and soul. They help relieve you from stress, anxiety, and headaches. Certain smells have a way of removing negative energy from our living space. Learn how the sense of smell can benefit your well-being.

Lavender can help you relax, calm your minds and get a full night’s rest.

Pinedecreases anxiety and stress.

Citrus helps break your coffee addiction by increasing your energy and alertness.

Vanillastimulates happiness to help you relax.

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Pumpkinsparks excitement and male libido.

Peppermint increases brain activity by boosting concentration.

Jasmine can uplift your mood by reducing depressive thoughts.

Apple helps fight against migraines and control anxiety during stressful situations.

Olive is a natural appetite suppressant and improves the response of sugar in your blood.

How You Can Benefit by Burning Candles

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Burning candles can promote positive energy in any outdoor or indoor location to restore peace and harmony. They help fill our living space with scents and vibrational energy to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Improves Ambiance and Atmosphere: Candle colors and scents can help you relax by removing stress and anxiety. This helps your brain focus and energize you to become more productive. Lavender candles can also help soothe your mind while eucalyptus candles help energize and improve mental focus. Likewise, lemon candles can relieve anxiety and depression that helps create a productive environment.

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Enhances romance and promotes celebration: Candles are the best way to enhance your like and improve your well-being. They create the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or to celebrate an anniversary. They also make a delightful way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations.

Candles help decorate your living space: Candles come in a variety of colors and can enhance the interior design of your living space. They provide a calm and cozy atmosphere to surround your home with good spirits. Likewise, they help spark conversation around the dinner table or outside around your deck or patio. Citronella candles also help keep bugs away when congregating outdoors.

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Provides a pleasant, sweet fragrance: Candles help remove odd or icky odors that plague your home. Likewise, they provide a perfect option to cleverly add an enrich aroma to your living space. They can also improve your workplace to promote creativity and help you generate new ideas.

Candles and scents help with remembrance: Our memory is strongly tied around our sense of smell. People often share past memories when they light candles and smell wonderful fragrances. Likewise, candles help remember loved ones who have left us. This is why you see tables in churches with candles or why some weddings include large candle sections.

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Candles are great for meditation and prayer: A great way to support your practice is by lighting candles. Likewise, staring at the flame burning on top of the candle is great for visualization exercises and manifestation techniques. Thus, this can help send your intentions out into the spiritual universe. This is why candles are perfect for prayer.

Candles help with self-expression: Everyone likes a particular fragrance. Our sense of smell is unique to each person. This is why we smell scents differently. A great way to personalize self-expression is by burning the scents you love. Likewise, it is important to only burn scents that you feel secure with an embrace. Just because someone else doesn’t like the same scents as you, that doesn’t make the scent bad. Thus, the scent makes you unique.


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