Study: Wisconsin is home to an estimated 85,000 illegal immigrants

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin is home to an estimated 85,000 people who immigrated illegally, three-fourths of them from Mexico.

That's according to a new study released Tuesday, November 18th by the Pew Research Center. It focuses on illegal immigration from 2009 to 2012.

The study says illegal immigration has been largely stable nationwide since 2009. It had declined during the recession after peaking in 2007 at 12.2 million people.

The study estimates 55,000 people who immigrated illegally were working in Wisconsin in 2012, less than the estimated 60,000 employed in 2007. Other people who immigrated illegally include workers' children and spouses.

Overall, people who immigrated illegally accounted for 1.5 percent of Wisconsin's population in 2012, less than the national average of 3.5 percent.

"We put incredible amounts of money at the federal level into securing our airports, our ports of entry, and the waterways -- and yet we have a land border that we do very little, certainly not enough, to protect, and until we resolve that, the Congress shouldn't be taking anything else up -- until we actually protect our borders," Governor Scott Walker said.


  • wtf

    We need to idently and make sure first and foremost noe of these illegals are dangerous criminals,, we need to make sure they are not funded by food stamps, healthcare etc, punish the employers who give them jobs under the table and make it un attractive to be here and illegal, if it wasn’t an “easy” life they wouldn’t keep coming in droves… these people I know come for a better life but there are ways to do it the right way and it takes time..what happened to having sponsers? I believe in securing the borders, If we have all these drug criminals etc that are here what is the sense in all of this…first we secure our borders and than do a complete sweep, look at the people that are here on a case by case which will take a long time.. if this means a mom and kids can stay, but the daddy who is a criminal must leave so be it..all illegals in order to stay shoudl learn ENGLISH within 3-5 years..go through job training and become a US citizen within the 3-5 year span!! no exceptions..if you want to benefit from being in America you need to learn the language and participate not collect!!!!

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