FederalImmigration & BorderIssuesPopulation of Illegal Aliens Increased by 1.13 Million During Biden’s First Year, per Immigration Think Tank

The total foreign-born population in the U.S., which includes both legal and illegal immigrants, is estimated to be higher than ever.
March 30, 2022
The number of illegal aliens living in the U.S. increased by an estimated 1.13 million from the month President Biden took office to January of this year, per research published on Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a conservative think tank.

According to a post on the center’s website by Director of Research Steven Camarota and Demographer Karen Zeigler, CIS based its analysis on methodology used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“This analysis represents our first attempt to estimate the illegal immigrant population, also referred to as the unauthorized or undocumented, using the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) or ‘household survey,’” the post stated. “We hope to further refine our methods in the future.”

There were an estimated 11.35 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S. in January of this year, compared to approximately 10.22 million in January 2021, according to the center’s research. CIS reported the statistical margin of error to be plus or minus 270,000 with a 90 percent confidence level for its estimates of the illegal alien population in the year 2022.

“Our preliminary estimate for February of this year is 11.46 million,” the center noted.

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The number of illegal aliens living in the U.S. in January 2019 was estimated to be 11.48 million.

The center also conducted research on the foreign-born population, which includes both illegal aliens and those who are here lawfully. The total foreign-born population, according to CIS, is estimated to be 46.7 million in February 2022, which is an all-time high.

In terms of the research on the foreign-born population in 2022, the center reported a statistical margin of error of plus or minus 490,000 at a confidence level of 90 percent.

The research also indicated that the number of foreign-born individuals increased by 1.7 million from the month Biden took office to January of this year. 

“To place the 1.7 million growth in the total foreign-born population over the last 13 months in perspective, in the 48 months of the Trump presidency (January 2017 to December 2020), the total foreign-born population increased by 1.5 million,” the center explained.

There were a total of more than 97,000 enforcement encounters with illegal aliens last month in Texas border patrol sectors, according to the most recent data published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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