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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Border Arrests at 40 Year Low

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Despite a record number of Border Patrol agents serving along the US-Mexican border, the actual number of arrests of immigrants along along the frontier has reached its lowest level in four decades. If you simply are listening to the Tea Party types, you probably would think that ever increasing hordes of invaders are pouring in to the country. The facts are otherwise (not that facts are really a critical issue for most of the antis).

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    The numbers you cite are trumpeted by "Tea Party types" in making the "enforcement works" case and as evidence against AV's "enforcement can't work/just give up" case:

    Advocates of more restrictive immigration policies have been quick to credit increased enforcement for the decline, but that thesis doesn't hold up to scrutiny. While enforcement efforts have indeed been ramped up in the past couple of years, the change has not been dramatic. Resources devoted to border and interior enforcement have been increasing pretty steadily since the early 1990s.


    The more obvious explanation is the steep economic recession that began to bite in 2008. The downturn has been especially brutal in the housing and construction industries where many illegal immigrants found employment during the previous boom. As evidence, the decline in the number of illegal immigrants has been steepest in those states, such as Nevada, California, and Florida, where the housing downturn has been the most severe. [The Cato Institute, 9/1/10]


    Although the estimates indicate trends in the size and composition of the unauthorized-immigrant population, they are not designed to answer the question of why these changes occurred. There are many possible factors. The deep recession that began in the U.S. economy officially ended in 2009, but recovery has been slow to take hold and unemployment remains high. Immigration flows have tended to decrease in previous periods of economic distress.

    The period covered by this analysis also has been accompanied by changes in the level of immigration enforcement and in enforcement strategies, not only by the federal government but also at state and local levels. Immigration also is subject to pressure by demographic and economic conditions in sending countries. This analysis does not attempt to quantify the relative impact of these forces on levels of unauthorized immigration. [Pew Hispanic Center, 2/1/11]

  2. gg's Avatar
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  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    Are you kidding me? Haven't you heard the republican debates, " we need to secure the border first"!!! Then we'll talk Immigration reform.
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    There you go Jack keep moving up the posts "Jack types" won't be happy until we live in a police state. They are happy to serve as cheerleaders to the for profit prisons and anybody that supports their cause. Anything to the contrary they will tell you is none sense.
  5. gg's Avatar
    Company offering border, immigration tours for 89$

    The tour operator bills the trip as "a fact-finding mission" that allows tourists to draw their own conclusions. "Don't let the politicians and news broadcasters become your only source of information," the tour description says on the Gray Line Tours' website.,-immigration-tours/
  6. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    Mismatch in words and action catching up with elections in NY and Nevada? Buyers' remorse anyone??
  7. Deb's Avatar
    Greg, another heartbreaking story:
  8. US Visa Extension's Avatar
    The recent arrest of two illegal immigrants following a routine traffic stop in Vermont sparked protests and won the attention of the governor's office.
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