Q&A on the News

Q: The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is consistently given as 11 million. I’m sure the majority are from Latin America, but is there a number on the illegal immigrants from other countries?

—Anne Teddlie, Decatur

A: There were about 310,000 unauthorized immigrants from the Philippines living in the United States in 2012, fifth overall and first among non-Latin American countries.

Mexico (6.7 million) accounted for more than half the estimated 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States that year, followed by El Salvador (690,000), Guatemala (560,000) and Honduras (360,000), according to estimates from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics.

The Philippines was followed by India (260,000), Korea (230,000), China (210,000), Ecuador (170,000) and Vietnam (160,000).

Most of the unauthorized Koreans living in the United States are from South Korea, according to a 2009 article by the Migration Policy Institute.

The unauthorized population from the Philippines rose from 210,000 in 2005 to 280,000 in 2010, surpassing the unauthorized population from China and India during that time.

Q: The new Mercedes Benz Stadium (will) host the 2018 NCAA football championship game (and have a chance to host) the NFL Super Bowl in 2019 or 2020 and the NCAA men’s Final Four in 2020. Would tickets to any of these events be available to stadium PSL buyers?

—Bob McLellan, Lawrenceville

A: Personal seat license (PSL) owners "will have exclusive opportunities to purchase tickets to other events hosted at the new stadium prior to the general public," mercedesbenzstadium.com states.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).