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The American Dream
 
As of January 2010, there were believed to be about 10.8 million undocumented people living in the US - down from about 11.8 million in 2007 [GALLO/GETTY]
But some experts suggest the number could, in fact, be as high as 20 million people [GALLO/GETTY]
There are an estimated 2.1 million undocumented children and young people in the US - many of these are unaware of their 'illegal' status until they attempt to apply for college admission or for a driver's license [GALLO/GETTY]
The majority of the undocumented residents of the US - approximately 62% - are from Mexico [GALLO/GETTY]
Economic opportunities remain the number one reason for immigration to the US [GALLO/GETTY]
In 2010, there were an estimated 8 million unauthorised immigrants in the US workforce [GALLO/GETTY]
Many immigrants living and working in the US send much of their earnings home to help support their families [GALLO/GETTY]
In recent years there has been a national backlash against illegal immigration, perhaps most noticeably reflected in the debate surrounding the Arizona SB 1070 Act [GALLO/GETTY]
The US border patrol currently employs more than 20,000 agents who patrol about 13,000km of land and coastal borders [GALLO/GETTY]
From October 2004 until September 2005, 460 migrants died crossing the US-Mexico border [GALLO/GETTY]
Arizona is considered the most treacherous place to cross, but it is often favoured because it is remote and difficult to patrol [GALLO/GETTY]
But, according to the US Government Accountability Office, Mexico's border with Texas is the most vulnerable [GALLO/GETTY]
According to a report by the US Government Accountability Office, the US border control caught 445,000 illegal entries in 2010 [GALLO/GETTY]
According to a Pew report, roughly 300,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border annually between 2007 and 2009 [GALLO/GETTY]
But that was down from about 850,000 annually from 2000 to 2005 [GALLO/GETTY]
More than one million people have been deported since President Obama took office [GALLO/GETTY]
In 2009 and 2010, the Obama administration stepped up its campaign of deportation by removing nearly 400,000 immigrants a year [GALLO/GETTY]
About 400,000 immigration detainees are kept in a patchwork of jail and prison cells over the course of a year [GALLO/GETTY]
If passed, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would allow qualifying undocumented youth a six-year-long conditional path to citizenship [GALLO/GETTY]
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