Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Post No. 146g: Article of Interest: Have Illegal Immigrants Resolved Issue for US?

The following article appeared today in the electronic version of the Washington Post:

(c) 2010 The Washington Post

Illegal Immigration to the U.S. Down Almost 67% since 2000, Report Says

by Tara Bahrampour
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 12:01pm

"The number of illegal immigrants entering the United States has plunged by almost two-thirds in the past decade, a dramatic shift after years of growth in the population, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center."

To view the remainder of the article, click here.


  1. And if I do not trust the figures in that study?

    I would suspect that there is a downtrend in illegal immigration. And also a reversal in that the economic downturn has caused a significant number to return to their native countries. After all, if you snuck in to get a job and that job is no longer there, what is the wise choice?

    I just don't think it is as large a number as is claimed in that study. After all, we have no real idea how many have slipped in illegally or are here now. All we have are estimates.

    But let's assume it is correct. And let's be optimistic and say the economy of this country will turn around in the next 2 years. What will happen then? Back to business as usual at the borders? The problem is not solved by a temporary downturn.

  2. Douglas:

    Perhaps they'll go to China or Vietnam next time around....

  3. Inspector, let me pose a couple of question for you and anyone else who cares to consider this...

    What are the main reasons for emigration from any country to any other place?

    What are the main reasons for emigration to the US?

    In your opinion, of course. Nothing scientific about this.

  4. We suspect that there are at least 27 different reasons for someone leaving their native country, the "main" one being personal to the individual. If asked, we suspect that a large number of them would respond with some variation of to "improve their lives," and /or re-unite with family members.

    We suspect that this would apply to any country and the U.S.

    We also suspect that some feel threatened in some way in their native countries, and flee for safety or security purposes. This is just our sense. We do not have any actual statistics at hand.

  5. In just a few minutes, at 11:00 am Eastern, C-Span2 Book TV will present a book discussion, “Making Millions: How Global Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration”; For further information, click here.

    It will also be shown again on Sunday morning, the 19th, at 4:00 am E.


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