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Pew: illegal immigration has bottomed out, might be on rebound - 09/23/13

One of the more ludicrous talking points around is that net migration from Mexico has fallen to zero, and thus it's safe to pass comprehensive immigration reform without encouraging more illegal immigration. The answer to that argument is to point out that when the U.S. economy improves, illegal immigration will almost assuredly pick up.

Immigration from Mexico might have *reversed*; the establishment implies attrition works ("self deport") - 04/24/12

Pew Hispanic reports that net immigration from Mexico might have fallen to zero or even reversed (link, [1]). This is clear evidence that attrition (aka "self deport") works: many Mexican illegal aliens have made the rational decision to return to their home countries.

Pew: native-born lose jobs even as foreign-born gain jobs - 11/01/10

From Pew Hispanic [1]: In the year following the official end of the Great Recession in June 2009, foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs while native-born workers lost 1.2 million, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor data by the Pew Hispanic Center. As a result, the unemployment rate for immigrant workers fell 0.6 percentage points during this period (from 9.3% to 8.7%) while for native-born workers it rose 0.5 percentage points (from 9.2% to 9.7%). There's more at [1], including how immigrants - especially Latinos - saw their wages fall. Most...

Pew: "immigration does not rank as a top voting issue for Hispanics" - 10/05/10

From a new Pew Hispanic poll (link): When Arizona enacted an unauthorized immigrant enforcement bill earlier this year, the immigration policy debate reignited across the country. Even so, the new survey shows that immigration does not rank as a top voting issue for Hispanics. Rather, they rank education, jobs and health care as their top three issues of concern for this year's congressional campaign. Immigration ranks as the fifth most important issue for Latino registered voters and as the fourth most important issue for all Latinos. However, the survey finds that two-thirds (66%) of Latino...

Pew: illegal immigration inflow fell (Obama not involved; Bush responsible for 5 million; 60% from Mexico; 9.3% of CA's workforce) - 09/04/10

Pew Hispanic recently released a study entitled "U.S. Unauthorized Immigration Flows Are Down Sharply Since Mid-Decade" (link). There are links to two previous studies with similar findings by the Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Immigration Studies here. According to Pew's study: The annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the United States was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005... ...This sharp decline has contributed to an overall reduction of 8% in the number of unauthorized immigrants...

8% of U.S. births in 2008 were to illegal aliens - 08/11/10

From An estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the offspring of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center. Unauthorized immigrants comprise slightly more than 4% of the adult population of the U.S., but because they are relatively young and have high birthrates, their children make up a much larger share of both the newborn population (8%) and the child population (7% of those younger than age 18) in this country.

Jeb Bush, Robert Putnam mislead about immigration and assimilation - 07/03/10

Jeb Bush and Robert Putnam offer "A better welcome for our nation's immigrants" (link). It's part of a push for amnesty mentioned here about a year ago. In the piece, they mislead about assimilation and consistently fail to to be intellectually honest. They start with this: On our national birthday, and amid an angry debate about immigration, Americans should reflect on the lessons of our shared immigrant past. We must recall that the challenges facing our nation today were felt as far back as the Founders' time. Immigrant assimilation has always been slow and contentious, with progress...

Jeffrey Passel of Pew clueless why anyone cares about costs of illegal aliens - 05/21/10

Dalia Fahmy of ABC News offers "Expensive Aliens: How Much Do Illegal Immigrants Really Cost?" (link), an article similar in scope to the recently-discussed misleading article by FactCheck. She's slightly more balanced then the other article, but this at the end jumps out: Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, takes the debate one step further. He points out that most attempts to find a meaningful number are usually futile, since the data are so difficult to collect. And anyway, he says, what is the point? "We don't generally ask these questions about anybody else...

WaPo admits: massive immigration has created a "troubling" situation (second generation Hispanics) - 12/07/09

Last month, the New York Times admitted some of the troubling aspects of the immigration policy they support. Now comes NC Aizenman of the Washington Post with "Struggles of the second generation" (link, via this) in which they likewise admit that the policies they support have created a "troubling" situation. Almost all of it is a sketch of the child of Mexican immigrants who's trying to turn his life around. The rest includes: Whether [the millions of children of Latino immigrants] succeed will have consequences far beyond immigrant circles. As a result of the arrival of more than 20...

Illegal immigration from Mexico slows, but many not returning home - 07/23/09

Miriam Jordan of the Wall Street Journal says: The flow of immigrants from Mexico to the U.S. declined to the lowest level in a decade during the past year, a sign that the recession is deterring economic migrants from heading north in search of jobs. However, there is no evidence of an increase between March 2008 and March 2009 in the number of Mexicans returning home from the U.S., according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, an independent research group in Washington.

25% fewer Mexicans entered U.S. due to economy last year; NYT admits to jobs magnet - 05/15/09

For what it's worth, Mexican government data shows that 226,000 fewer people - a 25% drop - left Mexico to work in other countries in the year ending in August 2008 ("Mexican Data Say Migration to U.S. Has Plummeted" by Julia Preston of the New York Times, link): The trend emerged clearly with the onset of the recession and, demographers say, provides new evidence that illegal immigrants from Mexico, by far the biggest source of unauthorized migration to the United States, are drawn by jobs and respond to a sinking labor market by staying away... "If jobs are available, people come," said...

Chart shows percentage of foreign country's population in U.S.: Guyana at 32%, Mexico at 11% - 04/27/09

There's a chart here (see UPDATE) showing the percentages of various foreign countries populations who now live in the U.S. The data is from a government source and Pew Hispanic and is from 2007. The figures are probably on the low side.

Juliana Barbassa /AP: it's "drastic" to cut non-emergency health care to illegal aliens - 03/15/09

Juliana Barbassa of the Associated Press offers "Budget crunch cuts illegal immigrants' health care" (link), a discussion of localities reducing or eliminating non-emergency healthcare to illegal aliens.

Number of immigrants in New York state: less than 4 million. Number of illegal aliens: more than 500,000 - 03/11/09

In November 2007, the Fiscal Policy Institute offered the report "Working for a Better Life/A Profile of Immigrants in the New York State Economy" ( which was co-produced with the New York Immigration Coalition.

Pew: Latinos comprise 33% of federal prison inmates - 02/18/09

Solomon Moore of the New York Times offers "Study Shows Sharp Rise in Latino Federal Convicts" (link): Latino convicts now represent the largest ethnic population in the federal prison system, accounting for 40 percent of all those convicted of federal crimes, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank. In 2007, Latinos, who make up 13 percent of the United States population, accounted for one third of all federal prison inmates, a result the study attributed to the sharp rise in illegal immigration and the increased enforcement of...

Pew Hispanic poll: immigration far eclipsed by economy - 01/15/09

A new Pew Hispanic poll provides some evidence that immigration issues aren't as vital an issue to Latinos as hacks try to tell us. The summary and PDF with the full results is here. Here are the percentages for "extremely important": 57%: The economy 51%: Education 45%: Healthcare 43%: National security 33%: The environment 31%: Immigration 20%: Energy policy Note that two surveys were conducted, and all adults Latinos were eligible. Thus, the persons answering that question could be Puerto Ricans, native born Mexican-Americans, legal immigrants, illegal aliens, or so on. Further...

Barack Obama reiterates support for driver's licenses for illegal aliens (Carolyn Lochhead) - 01/28/08

Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle offers this: Sen. Barack Obama easily won the African American vote in South Carolina, but to woo California Latinos, where he is running 3-to-1 behind rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, he is taking a giant risk: spotlighting his support for the red-hot issue of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. It's a huge issue for Latinos, who want them. It's also a huge issue for the general electorate, which most vehemently does not. Obama's stand could come back to haunt him not only in a general election, but with other voters in...

55 percent of Mexican-Americans consider themselves Mexicans first - 04/27/06

I don't have an original link for this, but according to "The menace of multiculturalism": A poll for the Pew Hispanic Center finds that 55 percent of Americans of Mexican descent consider themselves Mexicans first. A similar study of Muslim immigrants in Los Angeles finds that only 10 percent think of themselves as Americans rather than citizens of the countries they abandoned for new lives here.