New study shows fewer entering U.S. illegally.
The number of immigrants entering the United States illegally has fallen since the first half of the decade a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center indicates.
According to the New York Times the drop in low-wage jobs in America and increased enforcement at the border and at workplaces across the country have contributed to this decline. While the economy in the United States has been slowing down, economies in Mexico and other Latin American countries has been steady.
Immigrants from Mexico make up 58 percent of the illegals immigrants entering the U.S., more than any other country by far according to a statement made by the report's author to the New York Times.
The Washington Post cites figures from the report that show the number of illegal immigrants entering the country fell from 800,00 per year between 2000 and 2004 to 500,000 per year between 2005 and 2008.
The Washington Post also reports that the number of legal permanent residents has remained relatively stable at 650,000 per year, marking the first time in a decade that the number of legal residents entering the country has been larger then the number of illegal residents.
Illegal immigrants now make up about 4 percent of the U.S. population and about 30 percent of the foreign-born U.S. population.