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  • Drop in Illegal Immigration Proves Amnesty Is the Wrong Approach

    According to a new Pew Hispanic Center report, illegal immigration has dropped by almost two-thirds in the past ten years. The numbers increased, but slowed from 2000 to 2007, while the numbers dropped by 300,000 from 2007-2009.

    This is not a surprising trend. The Department of Homeland Security announced in early 2010 that the illegal population in the United States had dropped from 11.6 to 10.8 million from 2008-2009. The fledgling economy coupled with the institution of increased enforcement efforts during the Bush years have pushed illegals inside the United States to go home, while encouraging those thinking of entering illegally to think again.

    The real message to these statistics, however, isn’t just that the population numbers are going down but that this data undermines a key argument of amnesty advocates. The amnesty crowd has built its case for “earned legalization” (aka amnesty) on the premise that the immigrant community inside the U.S. was largely immobile and highly rooted here, and that even with increased pressure through immigration enforcement, there was little likelihood that they would return to their home countries. They take it one step further and assert that the only solution is to let illegals have a path to citizenship.

    With 300,000 individuals leaving in a period of two short years as a result of the economy and increased enforcement (enforcement that even the Obama Department of Homeland Security has touted as a success story), it is a tough-sell to say that the only option left is an amnesty. In fact, as opposed to enforcement, amnesty would make problems worse by simply encouraging more illegal immigration.

    Despite real evidence that enforcement and economic disincentives have a major impact on illegal populations, the Obama White House has taken steps as of late to decrease, rather than increase enforcement. Changes to the 287(g) program that trained state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law, an inherent border security policy, and the all out abandonment of several worksite enforcement policies, coupled with an assault on Arizona’s immigration law were bad enough. But now the Administration has taken to dismiss deportation cases against non-criminal illegal immigrants, allowing them to stay in the United States.

    As my colleague Matt Mayer points out, “Instead of constantly seeking ways to evade, skirt, and ignore the immigration laws that are on the books, the Obama Administration needs to simply execute the laws—as is its constitutional duty—while looking to solve the immigration problem in a way that discourages more illegal immigration, maintains security, and promotes the economy.”

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    19 Responses to Drop in Illegal Immigration Proves Amnesty Is the Wrong Approach

    1. Billie says:

      it's too bad people won't see themselves worthy of respecting the law. With the government members no accountability mind-set, WITH SPECIAL INTEREST, GOVERNMENT hides the rightful accountabilities of all people government caters to with government bias, discrimination that turns life threatening and financial danger to the law abiding…

      NO AMNESTY! ACCOUNTABILITY!

      MAKE CORRECTIONS NOT EXCEPTIONS!

    2. Stan W. says:

      We all know that BO wants amnesty for the hispanic vote. There are immigration procedures in place. Our ancestors went through them and people from other nations still do today. It's an insult to us, our ancestors, and everyone who uses the established procedures to go through them; then, just turn around and give 13 million hispanics? a free ride. Why not just repeal immigration law if it's uneforceable??

    3. Greg B says:

      What is lost in the illegal debate is that LEGAL immigration numbers have to be limited as a result. Immigration quotas are set, in part, with the availability of unskilled labor jobs. With illegals taking these jobs, the need for LEGAL immigrants to fill that roll decreases. Individuals in other countries are being shorted as a result of the selfishness of our neighbors to the south.

    4. Randall Holland, Ari says:

      Build the wall, build it now.

      Enforce all the laws all the time.

    5. Drew Page, IL says:

      Stan W. is right. Most people know that Mr. Obama wants blanket amnesty to buy the Hispanic vote, now and in the future. This vote is far more important to him and his Democrat Party than the harm and expense illegal aliens do to our country. Of course this would be an insult to anyone who abided by the law and entered America legally.

      But let's not forget that other Presidents, from the opposing Party, have done the same thing. If Mr. Obama gets the blanket amnesty he wants, he will not be setting precedent. Let's also not forget that Presidents from both parties have effected massive deportations in the past, so there is also precedent for Mr. Obama to do that as well.

      Many Democrats want to buy the Hispanic vote and swell their ranks. Many Republicans want to maintain a supply of cheap labor for their businesses. Both of these motives are based on selfishness and disregard for the American taxpayer. You can talk about the the Statue of Liberty, America being a "melting pot" and "embracing diversity" all you want, but it's P.R. crapola.

      Every country has a right to control its immigration, including ours. Yes, we welcome immigrants who come here legally, become citizens, learn English and support themselves and their families. We have a right to expect them to assimilate into Americans, not hyphenated-Americans. There are billions of people in the world who would like to come to America for a better life, that is understandable. On the other hand, America cannot feed, house, clothe, educate and otherwise support those billions. It may be unfortunate, but it's a fact.

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    7. Tom_Beebe St Louis says:

      It appears jobs for illegals, or the lack thereof, is the key to controlling the illegal immigration problem. Why not turn all our attention to controlling the use of illegal labor, and increase the number of green cards as needed to fill the labor demand? Hmmm. Enforce the laws of the land before seeking new ones.

    8. delbert says:

      i don't belive this i see mor mex than ever then befor

    9. Facts says:

      Jena, Why don't you also show and write about these FACTS??

      The economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.

      That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund's total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.

      Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss's 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.

      The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.

      Adding to the Social Security irony is that the restrictionists are mostlyOLDER AND RETIRED WHITES from longtime American families. The very people, in other words, who benefit most from the Social Security payments by unauthorized immigrants.

      THE FACTS ARE THAT JAN BREWER AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING THIS TO GET REELECTED, HERE ARE FACTS.

      1, HOW MUCH MONEY $$$$$$$ IS ALLOCATED TO ENFORCE THIS LAW?? NONE.

      2, HOW MANY NEW POLICEMEN / WOMEN SHES HIRED TO HOLD AND PROCESS THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE.

      3, HOW MANY NEW IMMIGRATION JUDGES SHES HIRED TO PROCESS THE THOUSANDS OF DEPORTATION CASES?? NONE.

      4, HOW MANY NEW JAILS SHES BUILT TO HOLD THE THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE.

      5, HOW MANY BUSES / PLANES SHES BROUGHT TO DEPORT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THOSE WHO ARE ORDERED BY THE IMMIGRATION JUDGES TO BE DEPORTED?? NONE.

      CAN ANYONE ANSWER THESE FACTS? THE REPUBLICAN STATES ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS THEIR PLATFORM, THEY WILL LOSE BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG TIME.

      ALL ARE GODS CHILDREN. NO HUMAN IS ABOVE ANOTHER. ALL ARE CREATED BY ONE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN.

      I AM NOT SAYING DON'T CLOSE THE BORDERS I AM SAYING STOP THE FOOLISH HATE AND IGNORANCE.

      Moments after signing Arizona's tough new immigration law in April, Gov. Jan Brewer was asked WHAT A ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LOOKS LIKE????

      The question, posed during a news conference that was broadcast live on TV, seemed to catch Brewer off guard. After a long pause, she said, "I DON'T KNOW WHAT A ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LOOKS LIKE. I can tell you that there are people in Arizona that ASS-U-ME they know what an illegal immigrant looks like. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY KNOW THAT FOR A FACT OR NOT."

      Her answer cut to the very heart of the controversy surrounding the law, which takes effect July 29. Although there are many people who assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like, the fact is, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to tell a person's immigration status by appearance, experts say.

      So despite assurances to the contrary, some civil-rights groups and others fear that enforcement of the law will lead to racial profiling. Several lawsuits already raise worries of civil-rights violations, and a group of Arizona law professors concluded the law authorizes enforcement based on ethnicity. That, they allege, would mean officers would end up harassing and possibly detaining people who aren't illegal immigrants.

      The vast majority of illegal immigrants are Hispanic. But most Hispanics in Arizona are not illegal immigrants – they are legal residents or U.S. citizens, many with roots dating back generations.

      Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/art

      What both these Republicans FORGOT to Mention in their SPIN POLITICS is that

      It’s all about economics! Removing undocumented workers from the U.S. would total a loss of $1.8 trillion in annual spending and $651.5 billion in annual economic output, according to a study by the economic analysis firm The Perryman Group. It would cost about $28 billion per year to apprehend illegal immigrants, $6 billion a year to detain them, $500 million for extra beds, $2 million to judicially process them and $1.6 billion to transport them home. $230 Billion is the estimated amount it would cost over the next five years to enact the scenario of the mass-deportation caucus and deport the undocumented population, according to a report by the Center for American Progress. Legalization of undocumented immigrants would significantly expand the economy—by a cumulative $1.5 trillion in gross domestic product over 10 years. A deportation approach, by contrast, would have the cumulative effect of draining $2.5 trillion over 10 years from the U.S. economy. Illegal immigrants are paying their share of taxes, they pay the same taxes as you and me when they purchase anything, They don't carry a card that says Undocumented Immigrant, DON'T CHARGE TAXES

      Start looking at FACTS & NUMBERS.

      Who’s behind these laws?

      FOLLOW THE MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Many may want them gone, but illegal immigrants in Oklahoma can be good business.

      So say county officials who handle the purse strings of some sheriff's departments in the state. Millions in revenue for transporting and detaining immigrants for the federal government have financed jobs, departments and, in some cases, entire jails.

      "It's a good business plan,” said Tim Albin, chief of the services division that oversees the budget for the Tulsa County Sheriffs Department. "It allows us to bank and put money back and carry over for other things.”

      Read more: http://newsok.com/jailing-immigrants-adds-funds-f

      The Immigration Reform Law Institute, or IRLI, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, drafted the Arizona law and most of the copycat bills. The Southern Poverty Law Center designated FAIR a hate group because of its founder’s writings, its repeated participation with white nationalist groups, and its receipt of major funding from a racist organization.

      Copycat laws frequently rely on the work of attorney Kris Kobach, who works for IRLI. Kobach’s lawyering has cost localities who have hired him millions of dollars while the laws have been found unconstitutional. The Arizona law was brought forth by State Senator Russell Pearce, who the Arizona press has described as having a history of associating with neo-Nazis and sending anti-Semitic emails.

    10. FACTS says:

      Jena why aren't you showing these FACTS ?? A REPUBLICAN IN DISGUISE?

      The economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.

      That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund's total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.

      Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss's 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.

      The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.

      Adding to the Social Security irony is that the restrictionists are mostlyOLDER AND RETIRED WHITES from longtime American families. The very people, in other words, who benefit most from the Social Security payments by unauthorized immigrants.

      THE FACTS ARE THAT JAN BREWER AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING THIS TO GET REELECTED, HERE ARE FACTS.

      1, HOW MUCH MONEY $$$$$$$ IS ALLOCATED TO ENFORCE THIS LAW?? NONE.

      2, HOW MANY NEW POLICEMEN / WOMEN SHES HIRED TO HOLD AND PROCESS THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE.

      3, HOW MANY NEW IMMIGRATION JUDGES SHES HIRED TO PROCESS THE THOUSANDS OF DEPORTATION CASES?? NONE.

      4, HOW MANY NEW JAILS SHES BUILT TO HOLD THE THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE.

      5, HOW MANY BUSES / PLANES SHES BROUGHT TO DEPORT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THOSE WHO ARE ORDERED BY THE IMMIGRATION JUDGES TO BE DEPORTED?? NONE.

      CAN ANYONE ANSWER THESE FACTS? THE REPUBLICAN STATES ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS THEIR PLATFORM, THEY WILL LOSE BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG TIME.

      ALL ARE GODS CHILDREN. NO HUMAN IS ABOVE ANOTHER. ALL ARE CREATED BY ONE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN.

      I AM NOT SAYING DON'T CLOSE THE BORDERS I AM SAYING STOP THE FOOLISH HATE AND IGNORANCE.

      Moments after signing Arizona's tough new immigration law in April, Gov. Jan Brewer was asked WHAT A ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LOOKS LIKE????

      The question, posed during a news conference that was broadcast live on TV, seemed to catch Brewer off guard. After a long pause, she said, "I DON'T KNOW WHAT A ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LOOKS LIKE. I can tell you that there are people in Arizona that ASS-U-ME they know what an illegal immigrant looks like. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY KNOW THAT FOR A FACT OR NOT."

      Her answer cut to the very heart of the controversy surrounding the law, which takes effect July 29. Although there are many people who assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like, the fact is, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to tell a person's immigration status by appearance, experts say.

      So despite assurances to the contrary, some civil-rights groups and others fear that enforcement of the law will lead to racial profiling. Several lawsuits already raise worries of civil-rights violations, and a group of Arizona law professors concluded the law authorizes enforcement based on ethnicity. That, they allege, would mean officers would end up harassing and possibly detaining people who aren't illegal immigrants.

      The vast majority of illegal immigrants are Hispanic. But most Hispanics in Arizona are not illegal immigrants – they are legal residents or U.S. citizens, many with roots dating back generations.

      Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/art

      What both these Republicans FORGOT to Mention in their SPIN POLITICS is that

      It’s all about economics! Removing undocumented workers from the U.S. would total a loss of $1.8 trillion in annual spending and $651.5 billion in annual economic output, according to a study by the economic analysis firm The Perryman Group. It would cost about $28 billion per year to apprehend illegal immigrants, $6 billion a year to detain them, $500 million for extra beds, $2 million to judicially process them and $1.6 billion to transport them home. $230 Billion is the estimated amount it would cost over the next five years to enact the scenario of the mass-deportation caucus and deport the undocumented population, according to a report by the Center for American Progress. Legalization of undocumented immigrants would significantly expand the economy—by a cumulative $1.5 trillion in gross domestic product over 10 years. A deportation approach, by contrast, would have the cumulative effect of draining $2.5 trillion over 10 years from the U.S. economy. Illegal immigrants are paying their share of taxes, they pay the same taxes as you and me when they purchase anything, They don't carry a card that says Undocumented Immigrant, DON'T CHARGE TAXES

      Start looking at FACTS & NUMBERS.

      Who’s behind these laws?

      FOLLOW THE MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Many may want them gone, but illegal immigrants in Oklahoma can be good business.

      So say county officials who handle the purse strings of some sheriff's departments in the state. Millions in revenue for transporting and detaining immigrants for the federal government have financed jobs, departments and, in some cases, entire jails.

      "It's a good business plan,” said Tim Albin, chief of the services division that oversees the budget for the Tulsa County Sheriffs Department. "It allows us to bank and put money back and carry over for other things.”

      Read more: http://newsok.com/jailing-immigrants-adds-funds-f

      The Immigration Reform Law Institute, or IRLI, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, drafted the Arizona law and most of the copycat bills. The Southern Poverty Law Center designated FAIR a hate group because of its founder’s writings, its repeated participation with white nationalist groups, and its receipt of major funding from a racist organization.

      Copycat laws frequently rely on the work of attorney Kris Kobach, who works for IRLI. Kobach’s lawyering has cost localities who have hired him millions of dollars while the laws have been found unconstitutional. The Arizona law was brought forth by State Senator Russell Pearce, who the Arizona press has described as having a history of associating with neo-Nazis and sending anti-Semitic emails.

    11. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Illegal Immigration is also an attack upon our Economy. The foundation of all business is peace and law. The illegals are not Americans by belief, they are not Americans by commitment but carry with them the same disease that makes prosperity impossible in Mexico. Import that barbarism by the millions into America and you have contributed to the crisis in Health Care, the crisis in Employment, the crisis of Communism (Demo-crats want Mexican American Votes to throw the next election with Mexican dupes). Ask me, the Progressives plan to steal the next two elections with people who are impervious to reason. I remind you that La Raza is a Socialist (and Communist run organization). Statehood for Puerto Rico gets them another four million votes.

      Multiple purposes are served by the Illegal Aliens. I lived in a neighborhood full of illegals and they destroyed all of our property values with their gangs, violence and drugs. Then the Real Estate Market collapsed. Chaos works in the Demo-crat's interest, in 2008 they destroyed our Housing Markets (but look, the Plutocrats bought up American Real Estate at twenty cents on the dollar). Our Emergency Rooms are filled every night with gang victims and working Americans have to pay for it. Are you ready for the collapse of the Medical Market? Don't kid yourself. These illegals can deport themselves easily with all that blood money they have "earned."

    12. George in Sarasota F says:

      Put mandatory e-verify for all US Businesses into effect and check in 5 years to see if there are any illegal aliens left in the country. There will be, they will be criminals who fled their country to come here to continue with crime.

      All the rest will have gotten hungry and gone back to where they came from,

    13. George in Sarasota F says:

      The 1986 AMNESTY proved amnesty does not work!

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    16. Carol, AZ says:

      "Drop in illegals entering the USA according to the P.H. Report?"

      Have you ever heard of Yellow Journalism in America?

      Have you ever questioned what happened to the 17,000 illegals who were suppose to be deported and Senor Holder and Senor Morton blocked it under oders from ?

      Yes manditory E-verify on all Buss in America would be one excellent way to go. It was voted on and passed and blocked by our courrnet leadership.

      We have the law in AZ since 2007 for States Rights and are now being sued by the Federal Gov't for passing it.

      I believe 28 State also have passed it.

      So if we give amnesty to the millions here we think we know about , and already 1 out 5 America who did pay taxes, are now unemployed, and also pick the costs of supporting the millions here illegally , who and sand hell is gonig pay for the the welfare state of our union?

      Vote in NOV and take back our country !

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    18. JT says:

      would this work?

      1. Secure the border, by any means deemed necessary.

      2. Give all illeagal aliens and their families 90 days to return to their home countries, there to apply for proper entry visa's. If they have a letter from their employer stating that a job is being held for that person, give those visa applications priority.

      3. If the illeagal aliens do not return to their home countries, deport them and do not allow them, or their families to apply for an entry visa of any kind, forever.

      This seems simple, yet effective. It would make the vast majority of illeagal aliens into legal citizens, and would do more to weed out the criminal/terrorist elements, in a cost effective way, than any other idea I have heard.

      I think that including the families, especially those born in the US, would prove the greatest incentive for compliance.

      I would love to have someone poke holes in this idea, for myself, I have thought this over for nearly a year and it seems nearly foolproof to me. Therefor, there must be something I'm missing!

      Thanx everybody!

      JT

    19. Jorge Gonzales Ramir says:

      GO AMNESTY!!! free my people. let us go. we worc hard for us familia. we run from the policia. they stare at us and stomp on are sombreros. GO AMNESTY!!

      viva la mexico

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