Study: Illegal immigrant population drops in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new study says the number of illegal immigrants in Utah has declined from its peak in 2007.The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Pew Hispanic Center’s study shows the state was among a handful where the illegal immigrant population dropped.The study found 110,000 people who are in the U.S. illegally and reside in Utah. That’s down 10,000 from a 2007 count.Pew researchers did not specify a reason for the drop but suggested that the economy and immigration enforcement were factors.An economist at the University of Utah says she’s not surprised. Pam Perlich says the end of the construction boom led to job losses in an industry that employed many in the country illegally.

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