Illegal immigration is up 57 percent, according to a study by a nonprofit research group pushing to reduce even legal immigration.
Using numbers from the Census Bureau, the Center for Immigration Studies claims illegal immigration surged by 57 percent over the past two years, with 1.1 million new undocumented immigrants arriving in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015. That number is reportedly up from 700,000 in 2012 and 2013.
CIS claims more than 1.5 million illegal and legal immigration enter the U.S. per year, which is higher than before the 2007 recession.
"The latest Census Bureau data shows that the scale of new immigration is clearly enormous," the study's author and director of research at CIS, Steven Camarota, said.
The numbers raise profound questions about assimilation and the impact of immigration on the nation's education system, infrastructure, and labor market, as well as the size and density of the U.S. population. It is difficult to find a public policy that has a more profound impact across American society than the level of immigration. It is certainly appropriate that immigration should be at the center of the current presidential election.
An average of 350,000 undocumented immigrants cross the border each year. That number includes those who entered illegally and those who stayed past their visa's expiration date, according to Pew Research in 2015.
However, Pew Research found the overall number of undocumented immigrants remains about the same because of deportations, voluntary departures, conversions to legal status and, in some cases, death.
While the numbers vary between CIS and Pew Research, both organizations found immigration from Mexico has declined in the past 10 years. An increasing number of immigrants have been coming from the northern triangle of Central America, including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, as well as South Asia (India and Pakistan) and East Asia (China and Vietnam).