Posted on December 22, 2020

Illegal Immigration from Asia Rises While Mexican Population Falls

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, December 17, 2020

Illegal immigration from Asia has surged over the last decade or so, partially making up for an even bigger drop in the illegal immigrant population from Mexico, the Migration Policy Institute said Thursday.


Illegal immigrants from Mexico fell from 7.6 million to 5.5 million, while unauthorized Asian migrants nearly doubled from 866,000 to 1.5 million. Central American illegal immigrants rose some 300,000, to reach 1.8 million.

While some Asian migrants cross the southwestern border — Chinese migrants will pay as much as $80,000 to be smuggled into the country by car trunk through some California border crossings — the majority are likely arriving on legal visas then overstaying to become illegal immigrants.