Thursday, August 6, 2009

Illegal immigration down, recession cited

In a report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), monthly data obtained by the Census Bureau shows there are more illegals going home than crossing into the country. However, the report also pointed out that legal immigration population has not declined.

CIS noted that stepped-up enforcement accounts for some of the decline in illegal border crossings.

According to Steven Camarota, the Center’s Director of Research found the illegal population declined 13.7 percent from summer of 2007 to the first quarter of this year. CIS spokesperson also said “the number of illegal immigrants returning home has more than doubled in the last two years compared to earlier in this decade.”

Mindful of the illegal immigration issue the foundation noted the majority in this country illegally remain here and there are still tens of thousands of new illegal immigrants that continue to settle in the U.S.

The report finishes by stating there is no way to know if the current trend will continue.

“Given President Obama’s stated desire to legalize illegal immigrants and his backing away from enforcement efforts, it seems likely that when the economy recovers, the illegal population will resume its growth,” Camarota said.

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