Undocumented Immigrant Population Estimated At 11.7 Million

The undocumented immigrant population rose to an estimated 11.7 million in 2012, up from 11.5 million one year before, according to a Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project report released Monday.

As Congress considers whether to give a path to citizenship — or just legal status — to undocumented immigrants, the numbers could make a difference in showing how many people are in the U.S. and who might be allowed to stay, should reform pass at all.

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