Illegal Immigration In The United States

An Arizona immigration law that requires police in the U.S. state bordering Mexico to determine whether people are in the country illegally if there is "reasonable suspicion," has stirred a national furor and pushed immigration to the forefront of U.S. politics.Here are some facts about illegal immigrants in the United States, together with some of the policy initiatives by federal and state governments to address immigration.There were an estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants living in the United States on January 1, 2009. Most were from Latin America, with some 6.7 million from Mexico and 1.33 million from Central American nations El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Arizona had a total population of 6.6 million in 2009, including an estimated 460,000 undocumented immigrants.The state is the principal corridor for illegal immigrants entering the United States from Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson sector has made an average of 650 arrests a day so far this year.