Pew Analysis: Over 1 Million Undocumented Immigrants Call the Southland Home
The recent crackdown on illegal immigration emanating from the new presidential administration has sent a collective shiver down the spines of many Southern California residents and politicians. And considering the latest figures from the Pew Research Center, it’s no small wonder why.
According to Pew, Los Angeles and Orange counties alone are home to 1 million immigrants in the country illegally, or 10% the of nation’s undocumented immigrant population. Only the greater New York area has a larger number of illegal immigrants (1.2 million). Houston, Texas comes in third at 575,000.
Advocates for these communities say they have not only put down roots here, but that they contribute significantly to the local economy. They fear that as many as 8 million people in the country illegally could end up being deported as a result of the new policies.
Pew’s analysis was based on data from 2014, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Survey. It focused on the 20 major metropolitan areas with the highest number of undocumented persons, including Los Angeles and Orange counties; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward; San Diego-Carlsbad; and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara.