Latin American immigrants have quickly become an integral and growing part of the United States’ population. The latest figures from the 2017 American Community Survey show that there are more than 44.5 million migrant residents in the United States, nearly 14% of the population and the highest measure since the census began in 1850. Of the nearly 45 million immigrants, 44% report to be Hispanic or Latino in origin (Zong, Batalova, & Burrows, 2019). Latin American immigrants make up the majority share of undocumented immigrants, accounting for 78% of the undocumented immigrant population, with 50% of these individuals coming from Mexico alone (Hayes & Hill, 2019). Additionally, these immigrants, documented and undocumented alike, are staying in the United States longer than they have in the past. A study by the Pew Research Center (2019) found that only about 22% of Latin American immigrants left the US less than 10 years after arriving, down from 50% in 2000 (Pew, 2019).
"Undocumented Immigrant Access to Housing Under the Trump Administration: Potential Impacts and Policy Alternatives,"
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