While the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. remains below its peak, the population continues a steady climb in Texas, according to a study released Monday.
At its height in 2007, the undocumented immigrant population reached 12.2 million in the United States. The number dipped to 11.3 million in 2009 during economic hard time, but it inched back to 11.7 million last year, according to the most recent estimates compiled by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The trend was mirrored in five of the six states with the highest number of undocumented immigrants.
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