Keeping Families Together: Why All Americans Should Care About What Happens to Unauthorized Immigrants

Source: Silva Mathema, Center for American Progress, March 16, 2017

The main findings of this brief are as follows:
• Nationwide, about 16.7 million people in the country have at least one unauthorized family member living with them in the same household.
• More than 8 million U.S. citizens, of which 1.2 million are naturalized citizens, have at least one unauthorized family member living with them.
• More than 5.9 million citizen children, U.S. born and naturalized, live with at least one family member who is unauthorized.
• California, Texas, and Nevada, are the top three states that will be most heavily affected by an anti-immigrant policy because they have the highest percent of U.S.-born population with at least one unauthorized family member living with them.
• But even states with smaller immigrant populations, such as Nebraska, Arkansas, and Kansas, will also be affected, because they have high percentages of naturalized citizens who have unauthorized family members living in the same household.
See also:
Interactive: State-by-State Estimates of the Family Members of Unauthorized Immigrants