Mexico is moving to give legal status to its illegal immigrants, but unlike in the United States, the process will be significantly easier.

The reason: there are only 10,000 illegals in Mexico versus the 11 million in America, which means the U.S. has 1,100 illegals for every one in Mexico.

A new analysis of the Mexico move revealed the country's illegal population, which could be as high as 15,000.

Describing the new Mexican program, the Migration Policy Center said, "Launched on January 9, 2017, the Temporary Program for Regularization of Migrants (TPRM) aims to give legal status to at least 10,000 irregular migrants who have been in the country at least two years. This would account for nearly all immigrants in Mexico illegally, according to estimates from the Instituto Nacional de Migracion."

The Center for Immigration Studies said that the estimate does not include the 150,000 from other countries "in transit" through Mexico to the United States.

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