Facts about Illegal Immigration in Miami

Updated on Wednesday 06th July 2016

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The state of Florida presents one of the highest numbers of illegal immigrants in the U.S., with an estimated number of 925,000 illegal immigrants living here in 2012. Even though the levels of illegal immigration in the rest of the country stabilized, Florida is one of the seven states which registered an important increase of immigrant population between the years 2009 and 2012.

Here are a few facts on illegal immigration in Miami, some according to a recent study issued by the Migration Policy Institute.

Illegal immigration in the U.S.

In the entire country, the illegal immigrant population accounted for 11.3 million in 2014, representing 3.5% of the entire population of the U.S.

Country of origin

Although most illegal immigrants accounted for in the entire country are originating from Mexico (49%), in Miami most undocumented immigrants come from Nicaragua (14%), Honduras (13%) and Columbia (12%).

English knowledge

In the Miami-Dade-Monroe Counties, 76,000 illegal immigrants, representing 49% of the entire illegal immigrant population aged five years and older, are not proficient in English. Only 24% of them speak English “very well”, and as little as 7% speak only English. 

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the U.S.

The facts about illegal immigration in Miami continue. As little as 57% of illegal immigrants who qualify for Obama’s initial DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program presented themselves in two years’ time, with immigrants originating from Mexico, Honduras and Peru representing the highest percentages from the ones who applied. An immigration lawyer in Miami can provide further details on the DACA program.

Illegal immigrants and the U.S. labor force

Illegal immigrants constitute 5.1% of the entire labor force in the U.S., with 8.1 million illegal immigrants either being employed or searching for a job in 2012. 

Costs of illegal immigration in Florida

Among the costs of illegal immigration in Florida, we mention:

•    Education of the children of illegal immigrants who were born in the U.S. and illegal immigrant children: USD 3.4 billion per year;
•    Unreimbursed healthcare for illegal immigrants: USD 290 million per year;
•    Incarceration of criminal illegal immigrants: USD 90 million per year.

Our team of Miami immigration lawyers can provide legal assistance to foreign citizens who are interested in immigrating in Miami, Florida, so that, no matter if they wish to acquire a permanent or temporary residence, it takes place in a legal setting. We invite you to contact us for more details on our services.