Attention Nativist Zealots: Illegal Immigration Declined Nearly 67% in Last Decade

September 2, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—Hysterically campaigning against the scourge of illegal immigrants this political season, has become all the rage. Politicians have fearmongered about “anchor babies” and “terror babies,” triggering ridiculous proposals to rewrite the 14th Amendment to deprive U.S. citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who signed a draconian anti-immigration bill into law, has stoked fear about being “overrun” with hordes of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona. As Brewer campaigns to seek a full term in office, her claims have become more incendiary and fact-challenged, such as the debunked assertions that illegal immigrants have beheaded Arizona residents and that 87 percent of illegal immigrants have criminal records. Well, now the gang of xenophobic bigots scapegoating illegal immigrants for political gain, will have to address the findings of a New Pew Hispanic Center poll, showing a steep decline in illegal immigration rates. How steep? Nearly 67 percent since 2000 through 2009. So much for the claim that hordes of “illegals” are overrunning our country.

The drop in illegal immigration rates has been attributed to the worsening U.S. economy, stricter border patrols and increased deportations, according to the Washington Post’s report:

A deep recession and tougher border enforcement have led to a sharp decline in the number of immigrants entering the United States illegally in the past five years, contributing to the first significant reversal in the growth of their numbers in two decades, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The number of illegal immigrants entering the United States plunged by almost two-thirds between 2005 and 2009, a dramatic shift after years of growth in the population, according to the report.

In the first half of the decade, an average of 850,000 people a year entered the United States without authorization, according to the report, released Wednesday. As the economy plunged into recession between 2007 and 2009, that number fell to 300,000.

According to the Pew poll, the states of Virginia, Florida and Nevada had the largest decrease in its illegal immigrant population. “In addition to the decline in Nevada, three other Mountain states-Arizona, Colorado and Utah-experienced a decrease in their combined unauthorized immigrant population from 2008 to 2009.”

The full report can be found here.


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