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Number of undocumented immigrants in U.S. hit 10-year low before Trump became president, study shows

November 30, 2018

A worker on the U.S. side of the Mexican border installs razor wire at Playas de Tijuana earlier this month.

By Staff

The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States fell to 10.7 million in 2016, its lowest level in a decade, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

That drop occurred before President Trump became president and undertook extensive, ongoing efforts to tighten immigration rules and enforcement. It lends strength to the argument that former President Obama was tougher on immigration than most people realized at the time.

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