Texas Is Only State Where Illegal Immigration Isn't Dropping, Report Says

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Back when he was trying to become president, Rick Perry was ridiculed by Mitt Romney for Texas' growing population of illegal immigrants. Romney had said in a debate that while California and Florida had "no increase in illegal immigration, Texas has had 60 percent increase in illegal immigrants."

Turns out, Romney was onto something. New statistics suggest that Texas' population of people in the country illegally has continued to increase, even as other states saw a slowdown.

New data compiled by Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project shows the population of people in the country illegally in the United States peaked back in 2007 at 12.2 million before dipping to 11.3 million in 2009.

Of the six states in which 60 percent of illegal immigrants live -- California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas -- only Texas has seen an uptick, albeit not a huge one.Texas had about 1.6 million immigrants in 2009 and 2010, and then 1.7 million in 2011.

What does it all mean? Pew's researchers point out the obvious, that the dates of the immigration slowdown correspond to the economic slump in the U.S.

Yet Texas' illegal population didn't see any declines in the past decade, which the Associated Press attributes to the state's strong economy. Also boosting Texas' immigrant population is its convenient location for Central Americans.

Texas may not be an anomaly for much longer. Despite a record 400,000 deportations in the U.S. each year, the data also suggests that illegal immigration has picked up again in the US since 2009. Pew researchers estimate that there are currently 11.7 million people in this country illegally, not quite at 2007's numbers, but a slight increase since last year.

They say that beefing up security at the border doesn't seem to be working. "We can say that the current enforcement practices have not led to any measurable reduction beyond the 2009 period," Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer at Pew's Hispanic Trends Project, told The New York Times.

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hall16243
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holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Undocumented Democrats.

Can you imagine the OUTRAGE if they were undocumented Republicans?

Or (gasp!) . . . undocumented TEA Partiers?

funkmasterfo
funkmasterfo

Apples and Oranges. Florida is pretty much waterlocked and California has 137 miles of border in common with Mexico.  Texas has 1,241 miles to cover.  Combine that with Mexico's population density being in the eastern and southeastern parts of the country and you can see how Texas gets the most responsibility...by FAR. 

keithdylan
keithdylan

This couldn't possibly be a clue as to the types of jobs that have been created over the past few years, could it?

ericrapesbabies
ericrapesbabies

Eric Nicholson rapes anchor-babies to death and then turns them into tacos! Haw haw haw "liberal humor" is sooooo funny, yuk yuk yuk.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

If you don't like illegal immigrants, don't hire 'em. It ain't rocket science.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses ... unless, you know, they're brown-skinned and speak Spanish.

G_David
G_David

That's because we're "business friendly"! 

libsaresonaive
libsaresonaive

Celebrate all the countless infinite amazing rich vibrant benefits of divershitty, naive white-guilt-ridden "progressive" idealists!

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Please stop confusing people who enter this country legally with those who enter illegally, excuse me, without authorization.


Does anyone else here realize that the number of illegals, excuse me, persons here without authorization is equal to about 10% of the population of Mexico?

rubbercow
rubbercow

Mandatory e-verify and stringent interior enforcement are the best answer to this problem.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@holmantx 

These folks don't vote - they shingle the houses and mow the lawns of the folks that vote republican.

Threeboys
Threeboys

Yeah, not funny here either.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@Cliffhanger Problem is, their criminal employers privatize the profits they make with illegal alien labor and socialize the costs.  Costs like trips to the ER when they get injured, illegal aliens' greater birth rate and the cost to birth those anchor babies, the cost those anchor babies place on our school systems, the costs they impose on social welfare programs...

Employers of illegal aliens foist all that on to their neighbors.  Not exactly a neighborly thing to do.

ericrapesbabies
ericrapesbabies

That's just some shit some French morons wrote on the Statue of Liberty. It is most certainly not the law.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@libsaresonaive Let me help. The comma key is typically in the lower right-hand corner of your keyboard - near the shift key. Also, using "countless" and "infinite" in the same adjective series is a tad redundant.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @holmantx 

I was at the march in downtown Dallas when 500,000 Hispanics showed up to demonstrate.  You are wrong.

And we pay 50 million citizens to not perform the jobs those in the country illegally DO perform.  It is why they are here.

It is this dynamic that has collapsed every republic since the Athenian Republic over two thousand years ago.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@ericrapesbabies No one said it was a law, more an ideal that led to a nation of immigrants, Senor raper of babies.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@alteredjustice @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

If 10% of Mexico's population is here in the US, it is my conclusion that we are basically propping up the governing economic and political structure in Mexico.

The unemployment rate in Mexico this past August is estimated at ~5.2%.  Which is pretty astonishing considering that US unemployment rate is ~7.6%.


Can you imagine what the political and economic climate would be in Mexico if the unemployment rate in were at about 15%, or higher?


In 2012, the remittances to Mexico from the US is estimated at $22.45 Billion.


Can you imagine what the political and economic climate would be in Mexico without this amount of cash money?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

DEAR GABACHO:  "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."

British statesman Edmund Burke, over two centuries ago, warned of the dangers to any society that promotes the idea that some of its citizens are the natural prey of others.  No society has ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce.  The growth of a large parasitic class (including bureaucracies) marked the decline and fall of the Roman and Spanish empires. Over the centuries, the Byzantine and Ottoman empires developed so suffocating and corrupting bureaucracies as to destroy incrementally their own empires.   Spain used the incredible wealth of the new world to support growing numbers of Spaniards in idleness.  Disappearance of empires due to catastrophes have been extremely rare in history.  Rather, they slowly but steadily corrode and crumble from within.   A growing amount of wealth is pumped by the State from the economy and transferred to a growing number of small but influential (interest) groups.

Or HEY!  Just watch a movie called "The Gladiator".  About a Spaniard who was the commanding general of the Roman Army of the North, but who was never allowed to enter Rome.

Until he was busted and imported for the games.

Rome too crumbled from within, redistributing the wealth brought in by the empire allowing its citizens to sit in idleness and forcing the importation of slave labor to do the jobs Romans were paid not to do.  And that included manning its armies.

France is in trouble today as a result of this same dynamic.

And the majority downtown at the rally vote.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@holmantx @TheCredibleHulk 

How many of them illegal? How many of those people do you suppose are voting?

How and where do you come up with statistics for your assertions?

Genuinely curious.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@iwearblack @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

Another way of looking at it is that the remittances to Mexico are about 1.5 to 2% of GDP.


One item that I have in error is what the unemployment rate in Mexico would be without the migration of their workforce to the US.

The 10% of the Mexican population in the US represents a larger component of the Mexican labor pool.


The percentage of the US population in the workforce is slightly under 60%.  If we assume that it is similar to Mexico and also assume that 100% of the illegal immigrant population in the US could be part of the workforce in Mexico, we can back calculate the Mexican unemployment rate if all of the illegal immigrants in the US were still in Mexico.


Mexican population = 117 million

Mexican Workforce = 0.6 * 117 million = 70.2 million

Mexican unemployment rate = 5.2%

Unemployed Mexicans =  3.65 million

Return 11.3 million to Mexico

Unemployed Mexicans = 14.95 million

Total Mexican workforce = 81.45 million

True unemployment rate = 18.4%


Just how stable would Mexico be with an 18.4% unemployment rate?


What was the situation here in the US when the unemployment rate reached ~10% even though those unemployed received unemployment benefits for almost 1 year?

Another item to look at is 11.3 million illegal immigrants sent back ~22 billion dollars to Mexico for a per capita remittance of $2,000 or about 13% of the gross wages of a minimum wage job.


iwearblack
iwearblack

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaulMaybe we should ask the Mexican government for 10% of their $1,748.908 billion GDP, in order to ensure the safety of their citizens currently residing in the United States... That, or we could just annex 10% of their territory...

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