Back when he was trying to become president, Rick Perry was ridiculed by Mitt Romney for Texas' growing population of illegal immigrants. Romney had said in a debate that while California and Florida had "no increase in illegal immigration, Texas has had 60 percent increase in illegal immigrants."
Turns out, Romney was onto something. New statistics suggest that Texas' population of people in the country illegally has continued to increase, even as other states saw a slowdown.
New data compiled by Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project shows the population of people in the country illegally in the United States peaked back in 2007 at 12.2 million before dipping to 11.3 million in 2009.More »