The Curious Case of Declining Illegal Immigration

2889883615_b80eff6360_o (2)This month we’ve been treated to several stories that suggest the illegal immigration problem is self-correcting.  Most recently, a Center for Migration report (not to be confused with the always-accurate Center for Immigration Studies) that found the size of the illegal alien population is declining to a mere 10 million.

Conclusion?  The public is worried about nothing.  We hear phrases like “harsh rhetoric” and “anti-immigrant fear mongering.”  But, they say, it’s all baseless.

It’s a recurring tactic, and all reformers should be aware of this.  Every time public concern over immigration reaches a peak, a series of studies magically appear that claim the people’s fears are misplaced because the problem is solving itself.

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Dan is FAIR's President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. They’re Undocumented

    How do we count ‘em all? Tea leaves?

    • avatar No Change says:

      ha!! good point!!

    • avatar Dennis says:

      Undocumented doesn’t mean invisible. They use public resources, they get arrested, they get driving licenses, they file for benefits, etc. We can see that they are here but they are undocumented as far as “immigration” matters are concerned. The term is the leftist attempt to make them sound more valid than the previously used “illegal aliens” which is what they are

      • avatar No Change says:

        Denis do you live in the US?…..may be physically but that is about……SWE is correct…you are saying all of them have papers and pay taxes therefore we know who they are…..Dennis are you doing drugs?

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Fact: California DMV officials proclaimed themselves “surprised” at the large and unexpected numbers of illegals who have applied for drivers licenses this last year when the state began issuing them. There’s only one conclusion to drawn from this. There are more illegals in California than was estimated.

    Fact: The 1986 amnesty was supposed to legalize a million to a million and a half illegals. The final numbers were twice that. Sense a pattern in these “projections”?

    One of the things that studies like this **** their hat on is the “declining birth rate” in Mexico. But you can’t look at the present birth rates. You have to look at 20 years ago. It’s not 2 year olds crossing the border.

    • avatar No Change says:

      so :Leland I have a question for you…..for a wrist case scenario…that is nowadays immigration situation…….if you did to give them licenses they would be driving any way and without insurance………so what is your stance on this……give them or not licenses?

      You think we better of knowing who they are and where they leave and as a consequence the numbers in here or nothing at all?

      • avatar Leland says:

        As usual you find yourself unable to grasp a point. The story was about whether the numbers of illegals are underestimated by these studies. I provided two situations where the numbers actually did turn out to be underestimated. So I have a question for you. Do you have any information that contradicts my post.

        • avatar No Change says:

          as usual you are unable not to grasp what I said but to stretch your mind…… point is we would never know unless we know who they are…….get it?

          • avatar Jay Pengra says:

            I do not need to have the DMV tell me there are more illegals then the state/feds tell us, I can tell by just walking around and going into businesses. Note that there is a large number of these that are taking away jobs from our citizens and thereby causing a reduction in income for many families. I also know that there are more then a few young children( two year olds) coming into the country illegally.
            Note that there is no law or amendment that says children born in the US to illegal parents must be made citizens of the US and thereby become “anchor” babies for their parents. That was a position by a court of judges. We now need to elect people that will write and pass laws that clearly counter that position.

          • avatar No Change says:

            Jay you must have come out of a boat as well… the constitution PAL!

      • avatar markypolo says:

        Say what? In the past there have been many “amnesty’s” of various forms. Fact is, very few “Illegals” have come forward to become Americans. Why is this????? I will tell you why. Illegals have far more Rights and Benefits WITHOUT the LEGAL hassle of being a US citizen. NOT paying TAXES is one of them. If they are arrested for a crime, they are held for a short period and then released with NO penalty other than a short jail stay. A US citizen is run through the Justice system with costly and vehement action. Merely giving these scum a Drivers License will NOT force them to buy INSURANCE. How can the law apply to a NON- CITIZEN??? Furthermore, very FEW of these worthless fcks will even apply for a License. Check the FACTS on this. “Illegals” CHOOSE to remain “ILLEGAL”!!!! There are FAR more benefits to being ILLEGAL than becoming a US citizen.
        Whatever you are smoking, get off it! Swallow a dose of REALITY!!!!

        • avatar Jay Pengra says:

          You did not mention that illegals will not be drafted. Think of the industry that is set up here on the West Coast
          where women come from Eastern countries to have their baby and then leave a few weeks later for their home in the East. Does anyone think that these children will ever serve the US in time of need? No, just think of oneself and do not seek the joy of giving.

        • avatar No Change says:

          MARK POLO from what whole did you crawl up? because after the way you answer me below I would say you mother must have had many so that you do not know who your father is…..really…… want to talk and give feedback ******* then behave properly mother ******……

      • avatar WILLHUT1 says:

        please learn how to write and spell before contributing to these sites.

    • avatar No Change says:

      Leland do not worry..Mexicans are the minority…you will have hindus, chinese, Somalis or muslims as your neighbors soon….good luck!

      • avatar No Change says:

        I am being realistic as you have shown one side in your mind…….

      • avatar markypolo says:

        WRONG again!!!! READ the FACTS here:

        According to the last US census 2010 there were over 50 million ( and this did NOT include the 12-30 million Illegals, they don’t fill out a census form) Hispanic speaking people in America. Far MORE than any other Nationality. Central and South Americans do not have the Disadvantage of a fcking OCEAN to cross!!!
        Are you some kind of moron OR just a worthless POS Democrat?

        • avatar No Change says:

          markypolo are you a moron, a monkey or just a worthless human being with your rear being worn as your face…..? I am answering with the same love you re giving me imbecile….

          Where you there…..? for each member that wrote in the Census…?HAHAHA!!! they don;t fill out the form…what are you a magician or a fat crystal ball teller?…….you must be a renegade green card holder american wanna be…..

          nobody knows how much of the 20-30 million is within that 50 million idiot……knuckle head!!! when they knock your door they don’t ask you for papers……you must be an illegal!!!