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Florida’s illegal immigrant population down

September 02, 2010 04:00PM

Fewer and fewer undocumented immigrants are calling Florida home, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center, which says the state has had the greatest decrease in illegal immigration in the nation over the past few years. In 2008, there were more than 1 million undocumented immigrants — those who either overstayed their visas or crossed the border illegally — in Florida. By last year, that number had dropped to 675,000. Only a small percentage of Florida’s illegal immigrants won the legal right to live here during that period. Nationwide, the population of illegal immigrants dropped from 12 million in 2007 to 11.1 million in 2009. [Sun Sentinel]