Illegal Border Crossings Into U.S. At Lowest Level In Nearly Four Decades

Illegal border crossings are at the lowest level since the Nixon administration, Jose Vargas writes in TIME magazine’s story about undocumented immigrants, but some Americans still imagine undocumented immigrants as Mexicans who jumped a fence to enter the U.S. Only 59 percent of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are from Mexico. About 1 million are from Asia and Pacific Islands, 800,000 from South America, and 300,000 from Europe — most of whom entered the country legally and overstayed their visas. Vargas, an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. as a child, writes that people frequently ask him, “Why don’t you become legal?” which he said shows how little people understand about the U.S. immigration system.