Why has the number of undocumented immigrants dropped?

With the presidential election just around the corner, the immigration issue will once again take center stage and likely be misused for political purposes. But how has immigration changed since the 2012 or 2008 campaigns? From 1990 to 2007, the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. tripled to 12.2 million, but today has dropped by about 1 million. What factors have contributed to this drop? Leticia Alvarez, an immigration expert from the U’s Department of Education, Culture and Society, can help make sense of the impacts thatincreased security at the border, increased violence and racism against immigrants and the 2008 financial crisis, which contributed to these trends.
Phone: 801-587-7814 | Email: leticia.alvarez@utah.edu