That’s how many undocumented immigrants lived in the U.S. in March 2011, according to an estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center.
That’s down from a peak of about 12 million in 2007, according to the center’s estimates.
A bipartisan group of senators announced broad principles yesterday to govern a rewrite of immigration laws. The as-yet-unwritten legislation would include a path to citizenship for some of the 11.1 million undocumented immigrants.
“We believe this will be the year Congress finally gets it done,” New York Democrat Charles Schumer said at a news conference yesterday with four other members of the group, Bloomberg News reported.
John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and a member of the group, called attention to his party’s struggles with Hispanics as one reason to enact an overhaul. Mitt Romney, last year’s Republican presidential nominee, won 27 percent of the Hispanic vote, exit polls show.
“The Republican Party is losing the support of our Hispanic citizens,” McCain said yesterday. “And we realize that there are many issues on which we think we are in agreement with our Hispanic citizens, but this is a preeminent issue with those citizens.”
President Barack Obama plans to travel to Nevada today to voice support for an overhaul of immigration laws. Nevada is 27 percent Hispanic, according to a 2012 Census Bureau estimate, and the state backed Obama’s re-election by 52 percent to 46 percent.