Mar 24, 2012
A new report by the federal government estimates that the number of illegal immigrants living in Arizona has fallen by 200,000 since 2008.
Experts say the primary factor behind the exodus was a lack of jobs during the recession, but also noted that tighter border enforcement and tough immigration laws like SB 1070 were contributing factors.
The Arizona Republic reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's report had estimated that there were 360,000 illegal immigrants in the state as of January 2011.
That's down 110,000 from a year earlier and down 200,000 from the peak in 2008.
In 2008, there were an estimated 560,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona.
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