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20101009 Arrested refugees immigrants in Fylakio detention center Thrace Evros Greece restored
Arrested refugees/immigrants in Fylakio detention centre, Evros, northern Greece.

Illegal immigration refers to the migration of people into a country in violation of the immigration laws of that country, or the continued residence of people without the legal right to live in that country.

Millions of people around the world live in another country against the laws of that country.

An undocumented immigrant is an immigrant who lives in a country without permission. Many of these people migrate to a country in secret. Many others come to the country legally as a visitor, then stay in the country when they should legally going home. Sometimes, they work illegally and live in bad conditions.

Illegal immigration tends to be people going from poorer to richer countries. Illegal residence in another country creates the risk of detention, deportation, and/or other sanctions.

In the US

2019 US Mexico Border Crossing apprehension (48036606282)
A large group of people claimed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to be illegal aliens.

Several immigrants illegally cross the Mexican border and enter to United States every year. In general, they are opposed by the Republican Party, which generally wishes to deport them, while in general Democrats want to help give illegal immigrants legal status. In 2016, Republican Donald Trump ran on a bid to build a wall on the Mexican-American border to prevent further illegal immigration.

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