Illegal increase 

A look at the numbers

Estimated number of illegal immigrants in Georgia in 2005: 470,000

Estimated number of illegal immigrants in the state in 2000: 220,000

Percentage increase over those five years: 114

Georgia's rank among states with the fastest-growing populations of illegal immigrants: 1

Percentage of metro Atlanta's construction work force composed of illegal immigrants: 50

Percentage increase from 2004 to 2005 in the number of new units in Midtown's 30308 ZIP code: 1,720

Percentage of polled Georgians who wanted state government to crack down on illegal immigration: 80

Number of state representatives who voted for the draconian immigration bill in March: 119

Number of protestors who denounced the bill seven days before the governor signed it into law: 50,000

Number of weeks a new, second Atlanta-based U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fugitive Operations team has been in Georgia: 4

Number of arrests the two fugitive teams have made in Georgia since October: 360

Sources: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia General Assembly, Associated Press, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement



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