WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The number of illegal immigrants in the United States has been growing more slowly since 2006 and may even have declined, a report said Thursday.
The Pew Hispanic Center released "Trends in Unauthorized Immigration: Undocumented Inflow Now Trails Legal Inflow." The report said that between 2006 and 2008 more immigrants entered the United States legally than illegally for the first time in a decade.
While the number of illegal entrants appears to have dropped since 2007, Pew said that was inconclusive.
The report estimated the illegal population at 11.9 million in March, about 4 percent of the total U.S. population and about 30 percent of the foreign-born population.
Other findings are that 80 percent of illegal immigrants are from Latin American countries and that the number of immigrants from Mexico leveled off in 2007.