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Monday August 12, 2013

REPORT: 8.8 Million of 13.3M Undocumented Will Qualify for Citizenship

REPORT: 8.8 Million of 13.3M Undocumented Will Qualify for Citizenship

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There are more than 13.3 million documented immigrants who reside permanently in the United States, of whom 8.8 million qualify to apply for citizenship, the Department of Homeland Security reported Monday.

The government’s figures date from the beginning of 2012 and are based on the information obtained during the 2010 Census, the report said.

That figure does not include foreigners who are legally in the United States on student or temporary worker visas.

The largest cohort of immigrants who are now legal permanent U.S. residents, 31.9 percent, entered the country between 2000 and 2005.

In 2012, 25.1 percent of the foreigners with permanent residence and 30.6 percent of those eligible to obtain U.S. citizenship came from Mexico, the report said.

China, accounting for 4.8 percent of the total, was a distant second.

The state with the greatest proportion of foreign legal residents was California, with 25.6 percent, followed by New York with 12.5 percent; Texas with 9.9 percent; and Florida with 9.7 percent.