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Immigration Law

What You Should Know About the US Undocumented and Eligible-to-Naturalize Populations

Center for Migration Studies of New York, Aug. 4, 2021

"The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) has released its most recent estimates on the undocumented and eligible-to-naturalize immigrant populations in the United States. CMS estimates that 10.35 million undocumented immigrants and 8.1 million immigrants who are eligible to naturalize reside in the United States. The eligible-to-naturalize population is lawful permanent residents (LPRs), i.e. green card holders, who have resided in the United States for five years or more, served in the US military, or are married to a US citizen.

These estimates are based on data from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the US Census Bureau. Because of the in-depth questions the ACS asks, CMS can derive detailed profiles of immigrant populations that provide estimates of country of origin, years of US residency, race/ethnicity, occupation, health insurance coverage, and more."