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Illegal Immigrant Population Growing and Spreading

The Pew Hispanic Center reports there are more than 10 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. This population is spreading out from the states with traditionally high immigrant populations.

Many Hispanics arrive in places like California, Florida or Texas-but are now moving to Midwestern towns.

One of the main findings of the Pew report is a growing number of mixed-status families, where some members are legal, and some are not. A community in Kansas illustrates the report's findings.

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Sylvia Maria Gross
Sylvia Maria Gross co-hosts and produces KC Currents, an award-winning weekly news magazine that covers news and culture in Kansas City’s diverse communities. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The World and Studio 360. Gross grew up in New York City, Brazil and the suburbs of Washington, DC. She studied English at Yale University, and then spent a year researching arts education in Brazil on a Fulbright grant. When she returned from Brazil, she taught middle school math and English while completing a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York City. She reported in New York about education and culture before moving to Kansas City in 2004.