Study: 1 in 3 Adults in Parts of L.A. Is in U.S. Illegally


About one in 10 adults in Los Angeles County either illegally entered the United States or has overstayed a visa, according to a new study released by University of Southern California researchers.

In some parts of the city, like parts of Koreatown and South Los Angeles, the portion of illegal residents jumps to one in three, according to the Los Angeles Times:

Countywide, about one in 10 adults is an immigrant who crossed the border illegally or overstayed a visa, the study found. Many of those immigrants have put down roots here: Half have been in the country for more than a decade, and 12% are homeowners.

Many are also the parents of American citizens. In Los Angeles County, one in five children has a parent living in the country illegally, according to the study. [...]

One in four of the estimated 11 million people thought to be in the United States without legal authorization lives in California. Statewide, the USC study estimates that about 7 percent of residents, or more than 2.6 million people, are in the country illegally.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin discussion Thursday on the more than 300 amendments that have been filed to the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," the formal title of the bipartisan immigration reform bill.