Report: Illegal Immigration Declines

downtown_lakewoodThe number of illegal immigrants living in the United States has dropped for the first time in two decades — decreasing 8 percent as the sour economy dried up jobs and increased enforcement made it harder to sneak across the border with Mexico, a new study finds. Much of the decline comes from a sharp drop-off in illegal immigrants from the Caribbean, Central America and South America attempting to cross the southern border of the United States, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, which based its report on an analysis of 2009 census data.

The study released yesterday estimates 11.1 million illegal immigrants lived in the United States last year. That represents a decrease of roughly 1 million, or 8 percent, from a peak of 12 million in 2007.

The study puts the number of illegal immigrants down to about where it was in 2005. They still make up roughly 4 percent of the U.S. population.

The Homeland Security Department’s own estimate of illegal immigrants is slightly lower, at 10.8 million. The government uses a different census survey that makes some year-to-year comparisons difficult.

An increase in unauthorized immigrants leaving the United States, by deportation or for economic reasons, may have played a factor in the falling number.

In recent years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported an increasing number of illegal immigrants, reaching a high last year of more than 389,000 people, according to government figures. Read more in Star Ledger

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Where did they get this report? Maybe in others places it is down. But that is because they are all coming to Lakewood where they cant be touched.

  2. If you are illegal, Lakewood is the best: no taxes, free healthcare, free cloth and food distribution, no licensing, no traffic tickets, free bi-lingual schools, plenty to steal, no regulations, no gang busting, free drug trade. You can hit someone’s car while being drunk and police will write no fault report and let you go even you have no license! Whoever does not like it here must seek a free mental treatment right here in Lakewood!

  3. If you are illegal, Lakewood is the best: no taxes, free healthcare, free cloth and food distribution, no licensing, no traffic tickets, free bi-lingual schools, plenty to steal, no regulations, no gang busting, free drug trade. You can hit someone while being drunk and police will write no fault report and let you go even you have no license! Whoever does not like it here must seek a free mental treatment right here in Lakewood!

  4. Like I said do not complain. We welcome there services here. & we gladly accept rent from them. They are even our wait staff at all our simchas. Lakewood is known I am told as a top destination back in there country.

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