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The Reality About Illegal Immigration from The New York Times

By VIVIAN YEE, KENAN DAVIS and JUGAL K. PATEL MARCH 6, 2017

"There are 11 million of them, the best estimates say, laboring in American fields, atop half-built towers and in restaurant kitchens, and swelling American classrooms, detention centers and immigration courts.

Carlos, an undocumented immigrant whou lives in Los Angeles, fears he will be deported. He has been living in America since he was 8 years old and owns a business. J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times

In the public’s mind, the undocumented — the people living here without permission from the American government — are Hispanic, mostly Mexican and crossed the southwestern border in secret.

In the eyes of their advocates, they are families and workers, taking the jobs nobody else wants, staying out of trouble, here only to earn their way to better, safer lives for themselves and their children.  Read more: