Census Estimate of Illegal Alien Population Drops

Census Estimate of Illegal Alien Population Drops

“New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases. The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia,” Politico reports.

Immigration Is Not A Cure All for an Aging Population

“A new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Center for Immigration Studies projects the impact of immigration on the size and composition of the U.S. population. The findings reveal that immigration makes for a much larger overall population while having only a minimal effect on slowing the aging of American society,” CIS says in a press release.

“The fundamental question for the American public and policy makers is whether a much larger population and the resulting greater population density will add to or diminish the quality of life in the United States. Immigration is a discretionary policy of the government and can be changed. These projections show us one possible future. We must decide as a country if this is the future we want.”

Senate Democrats Block STEM Bill

“Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday blocked consideration of a bill Republicans passed last week in the House of Representatives that would give 55,000 permanent resident visas to foreigners graduating from American universities with advanced degrees in science or technology,” the New York Times writes.

The Crazy Logic of Amnesty

“Just two short years ago Barack Obama referred to Republicans as “the enemy” on immigration reform. Now, establishment Republicans seem to think if they simply abandon all principle on immigration policy they will be beloved by Hispanic voters, miraculously closing the massive voting gap,” says Kate Obenshain in Human Events.

“There is plenty of anecdotal, as well as exit-poll data revealing that while the vilifying had an impact, the real impediment to Republicans connecting with Hispanic voters was not the Republican position on illegal immigration, but rather the concern that Republicans want to somehow gut entitlement programs. That is not remedied by offering amnesty.”

Are Immigrants Healthier?

“The robust good health of newly arrived Mexican immigrants is an article of faith among public health experts–as is the notion that the longer they are in the United States, the unhealthier they become. But the idea that emigrating to the United States is bad for a newcomer’s health–possibly because he departs from the healthful eating and exercise habits of his home country–has a major flaw in it, a new study says: These immigrants may not be so healthy to begin with,” the LA Times says.

“The longer they’re in the United States, in other words, the more likely it is that these immigrants’ heretofore undiagnosed conditions will be discovered and, hopefully, treated.”

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    This long “story” in Politico is an egregious example of shoddy journalism and bias. A few simple clicks on the web reveal the facts:
    1. The Census Bureau did not release any new data on the illegal immigration population on Thursday. Instead, the Pew Hispanic Center released its own estimate of the illegal immigrant population, based on its own analysis of census data collected in March 2011 and released back in September 2011.
    2. The Department of Homeland Security had already estimated the January 2011 illegal immigration population at 11.5 million back in March 2012. The difference between the two estimates is within Pew’s 90% confidence interval, meaning that statistically they are the same.
    3. The 2011 number does not “affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.” Instead, as the Pew estimate states, the 2011 number was “unchanged from the previous two years.” The same is statistically true in the DHS estimate, which shows 11.6 million in 2010 based on the 2010 census and 10.8 million in both 2010 and 2009 based on the 2000 census.
    Bottom line: There was absolutely no journalistic reason for this “story.” Question: So why did the mainstream media publish it? Possible answers: To mislead the average American into thinking that illegal immigration is less of a problem than it was before and to provide an entree to the one-sided immigration expansionist propaganda that took up almost all of the rest of this “story.”

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      You’re correct on that. I read comments all the time of people who say “no problem because illegal immigration is falling”. As if there was some big outflow. We still have significant levels of illegal crossings and a substantial population here. Remember the book 1984? These people would make Orwell proud with their propaganda.

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    Yeh, irony. The govt is promoting benefits to entice illegals to enter the country to be future votes. However, the liberals have screwed up the economy so bad that even illegals dont wanna move here. That my friends, is irony.

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    But the Undocumented IAs Were Allegedly Hired By American Employers Unknowingly

    If our gangster American employers hire IAs unknowingly, how the hades to we now know how many are in America?

    I’m sure our open border immigration judges granting IA amnesty in case after case never ask this legal question in a court of law, God forbid they get at the truth….