A new report from the Pew Research Center gives some insight into the cities where most of America’s illegal immigrants live.
The report indicates that 6.8 million illegal immigrants reside in just twenty American cities and their metropolitan areas:
The list itself is surprising, but do you notice a trend among the listed cities? The Washington Examiner reports that all but three of these cities are “sanctuary cities,” or cities with policies that shelter illegal immigrants.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the only cities on the list that do not qualify as “sanctuary cities” are Orlando, Phoenix, and Houston. The other seventeen cities on the list would be impacted by President Donald Trump’s executive order that limits federal aid to cities that do not comply with immigration orders.
According to Pew, there are 11.1 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Of that 11.1 million, 6.8 million live within the twenty cities listed in the report, making up 61% of the country’s population of illegal immigrants. In contrast, these twenty cities only account for 36% of the United States’s total population. The study illustrates just how concentrated America’s illegal immigrant population is.
Mayors in some of the cities on the list have already indicated that they will not abide by the president’s orders on “sanctuary cities,” but nevertheless the evidence from the Pew report seems to support President Trump’s decision.
The disproportionate amount of illegal immigrants concentrated in “sanctuary cities” only backs up the president’s decision to address them first in his attempt to curb illegal immigration.