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  •  I'm going to back off the 75% number (3+ / 0-)
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    theran, bostonjay, Duke1676

    The results of a google search come up with a lot of sources suggesting that 40% of undocumented immigrants have overstayed their visas.  I also found this, on the pbs website:

    Most undocumented immigrants in the U.S. arrive legally on commercial carriers and then overstay their visas, or they come across the Canadian border. Despite this fact, the U.S. spends a disproportionate amount of money and resources enforcing the Mexican border. Most Mexican nationals in the United States are migrants, who take seasonal jobs and then return to their families in Mexico.

    •  75% isn't necessarily wrong. (1+ / 0-)
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      If illegal immigrants include undocumented immigrants (overstayers and illegal entrants) and documented ones (provision violators), then it would be possible for 40% of undocumented to be overstayers, and still 75% of all immigrants to be a combination of overstayers and violators.

      This would be a good SAT question.

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