Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Number of Ilegals in US Fell 11% in Ten Months

The following excerpts are taken from USA Today entitled "Study: Illegal resident decline by Emily Bazar." (Google lists 168 related articles in US and 77 related articles in the Canadian Press. Google "Illegal immigrants leaving" for other articles.)

These excerpts and the ones from the Center for Immigration Studies are evidence of these three facts:

1. Illegal Immigration was caused by the non-enforcement of our laws.
2. Enforcement works and sends illegals to other areas of the US and out of America.
3. The theory pushed by the Bush administration, McCain, Obama, LULAC, La Raza, etc... that Comprehensive Immigration Reform AMNESTY is needed to deal with illegal immigration has been proven false.

Quotes from USA Today
"The number of illegal immigrants in the USA has fallen sharply as state and federal officials intensify a crackdown on undocumented migrants and jobs grow scarce in the faltering economy, according to a report Wednesday by a group that advocates reduced immigration."

"Using Census data, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) estimates that the illegal immigrant population dropped by 10% to 11.2 million from August 2007 through May."

"Pat Reilly, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, cites her agency's workplace raids, deportations and efforts to track down illegal immigrants with criminal records. Tougher enforcement "has made entering and staying in the United States illegally less attractive as the probability of being arrested and detained is greater than ever before," she says."

Following are the findings of the study Center for Immigration Studies entitled Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population at this link: http://www.cis.org/trends_and_enforcement

*Our best estimate is that the illegal immigrant population has declined by 11 percent through May 2008 after hitting a peak in August 2007.

*The implied decline in the illegal population is 1.3 million since last summer, from 12.5 million to 11.2 million today.

*The estimated decline of the illegal population is at least seven times larger than the number of illegal aliens removed by the government in the last 10 months, so most of the decline is due to illegal immigrants leaving the country on their own.

*One indication that stepped-up enforcement is responsible for the decline is that only the illegal immigrant population seems to be affected; the legal immigrant population continues to grow.

*Another indication enforcement is causing the decline is that the illegal immigrant population began falling before there was a significant rise in their unemployment rate.

*The importance of enforcement is also suggested by the fact that the current decline is already significantly larger than the decline during the last recession, and officially the country has not yet entered a recession.

*While the decline began before unemployment rose, the evidence indicates that unemployment has increased among illegal immigrants, so the economic slow-down is likely to be at least partly responsible for the decline in the number of illegal immigrants.

*There is good evidence that the illegal population grew last summer while Congress was considering legalizing illegal immigrants. When that legislation failed to pass, the illegal population began to fall almost immediately.

*If the decline were sustained, it would reduce the illegal population by one-half in the next five yea

For rest of this article see this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Illegals%20-%20Number%20fell%2011%25%20in%201%20yr.htm

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