Quick Facts (from Enrique's Journey)
- About 700,000 immigrants enter the United States illegally each year. In recent years the demographics have changed with many more single mothers arriving.
- Nearly three-quarters of the 48,000 children who migrate alone to "el Norte" through Central America and Mexico each year are in search of a single mother who has left them behind. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the median age of child migrants is 15; the majority are male; some are as young as 7 years.
- In Los Angeles, 82% of live-in nannies and one in four housecleaners are mothers who have at least one child in their home country.
- According to the Center for Immigration Studies, illegal workers donate $6.4 billion annually to Social Security, but, being illegal, they will never be eligible to claim benefits.
- Money sent home by Mexican immigrants working in the USA totals around $17 billion per annum.