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Huckabee Says Most Immigrants Are Chinese

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was incorrect when he declared that the United States has more undocumented immigrants from China than any other country, according to BuzzFeed News.

A demographer told the website that the former Arkansas governor confused illegal immigrants with those who have legal status. The highest number of undocumented immigrants is from Mexico.

Huckabee said Tuesday during an interview on “The Buzz” radio: “There are a couple of myths (about immigration). Mexico is actually not the number one source of illegal immigrants, China is, and I think Indonesia is second. Mexico is third. So while a lot of people assume that all the illegal immigration is coming south of the border, that’s actually not the case. Most of it is coming from Asia these days.”

BuzzFeed suggested that the candidate apparently based his inaccurate statement on a Census Bureau report that indicated India and China had passed Mexico as the leading countries of origin of all foreign-born U.S. residents.

“The Census report from earlier this year showed that among new immigrants overall (legal and undocumented), China now outnumbers Mexico, and Mexico is now tied with India,” Mark Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center, told BuzzFeed News.

He pointed out that “not all new immigrants are in the country illegally,” as Mexico “still dominates that population.” He explained: “China leads only among the combined” legal and illegal total.

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