Economy does what inept politicians cannot: Slow illegal immigration.

It seems a slumping economy has done what our inept and impotent lawmakers lacked the will to do; stem the flow of illegal immigrants. That is of course unless you accept the premise that they intentionally destroyed the economy in a bid to halt illegal immigration. I wouldn't be surprised to see at least one moron (besides me) float the argument.

The following article from MSNBC highlights the information collected by the PEW research center. I guess we have found the one silver lining in the dark cloud that is our economy.

Study: Mexican immigration to U.S. plummets
But despite slump, most undocumented workers already here opt to stay

Associated Press.
updated 9:10 a.m. ET, Wed., July 22, 2009

WASHINGTON - Apparently deterred by rising unemployment in the United States, the number of Mexican immigrants who crossed the border dropped sharply in the past year to the lowest level in a decade, even while undocumented workers already here are opting to stay.

The analysis of census data from both the U.S. and Mexican governments, being released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, highlights the impact of the economic downturn on Mexican immigrants, many of whom enter the United States illegally.

The study found that immigrants arriving from Mexico fell by 249,000 from March 2008 to March 2009, down nearly 60 percent from the previous year. As a result, the annual inflow of immigrants is now 175,000, having steadily decreased from a peak of 653,000 in 2005, before the bursting of the housing bubble dried up construction and other low-wage jobs.

I have a couple of points to make here: 1. if we can count the number of illegal immigrants coming across the border, why in the hell can’t we stop them; 2. I thought we put safeguards into place to stop the hiring of illegal immigrants, how’s that working out?

The total population of Mexican-born immigrants in the United States also edged lower in the past year, from 11.6 million to 11.5 million, according to the study by Pew, an independent research group. Up to 85 percent of immigrants are believed to be in the country illegally.

I defer to an earlier point; if we can count them why can’t we stop them, deport them or at least make them pay taxes. (Please don’t argue that they pay taxes. If they are working illegally, and they presumably would have to be given their status, then they are not paying taxes.)

Reluctant to leave the U.S.
Still, immigrants already in the United States are opting not to return to Mexico, because many of them are betting the economy will improve as well as perhaps hoping that immigration reform could soon pave the way for U.S. citizenship, said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at Pew who co-authored the study.

This is what I lovingly refer to as a BFO (blinding flash of the obvious). Of course they are waiting on amnesty, why not; our liberal politicians have broadcast their intentions to grant amnesty from the rooftops. There is a basic lack of understanding implicit in this stance; when you encourage a behavior you get that behavior. When you grant amnesty you do not dissuade illegal immigration you encourage it.

According to the data, the level of Mexican migrants who return home from the United States and other countries each year — roughly 450,000 _ has remained largely unchanged.

"There's not a lot in Mexico to go back to, because if anything the Mexican economy is doing worse," Passel said. "But also, in light of enforcement that has made it more dangerous and expensive to get into the U.S., once people get here, they're reluctant to leave."

Maybe we should take California’s stance on this one. Instead of abiding by the law and penalizing illegal activity lets just tax it. We could theoretically make a few bucks right? Hell they are going to do it anyway and like marijuana it’s a victimless crime. For every illegal that comes across the border we can have Border Patrol agents hand out condoms, a Medicaid card, a bong, an ounce of Columbian gold and collect the taxes from the Coyote’s profits. Problem solved, at least in the fantasy land of liberalism.

Longer-lasting shifts?
Passel said while the immigration shifts may be temporary depending on the length of the U.S. recession, some of the effects could be longer-lasting. He noted that fewer Hispanics coming in the United States could further slow minority population growth here, since higher fertility levels among Hispanics are driving much of the recent increases.

I am not even sure how to respond to that. I guess we now have affirmative action on illegal immigration as well. So for every pregnant illegal that the Coyote brings across he gets a free toaster? We could encourage minority population growth by restricting access to abortions and birth control. What a completely disgusting and radical assertion. So now it’s the rich capitalists’ fault that minority birth rates are down?

Mexico's population is also graying and its labor force shrinking, which could mean a better jobs picture in that country due to less worker competition in the next five to 10 years. That could mean reduced immigration levels from Mexico to the United States even after the U.S. economy recovers, Passel said.

Is it wrong to think this is a good thing? Is it wrong to want Mexican nationals to be able to find gainful employment in their own country? To read this article you would think so.

Among Pew's other findings:

In 2008, the number of Mexicans apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol — 662,000 — was 40 percent below the peak of 1.1 million in 2004, reflecting in part the sharp decline in the number of new immigrants arriving into the U.S.

Or simply a reflection of how lax border security has become.

Mexico is by far the origin of most U.S. immigrants, accounting for one-third of foreign-born residents and two-thirds of Hispanic immigrants. About one in 10 people born in Mexico now live in the United States.

The total number of apprehensions by the Border Patrol in 2008 _ 724,000 — was at the lowest level since 1973. More than 90 percent of people detained by Border Patrol are Mexican.

Revisiting immigration law
The findings come as the Obama administration has pledged to take up immigration law this year. A key Democrat in the effort, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said he hopes to have a bill ready by Labor Day and that the way to get it passed is to be tough on future waves of illegal immigration.

This is because even the thick headed Schumer realizes that American’s (including naturalized Mexicans) want our borders secured. This is not a matter of racism it is simply a matter of economics and national security. If 175,000 to 653,000 illegal immigrants a year can cross our border undetected than I’m going to bet that 1 or 2 terrorists and a truck load of nukes could make the trip as well.

Steven Camarota, a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington research group which calls for reduced immigration, said the findings demonstrate that tougher law enforcement can make a difference. Still, he said it will take a lot more than tighter border security to get comprehensive reform passed.

"Border control is just one piece of a larger enforcement puzzle, while amnesty is a different question," Camarota said. "It's unlikely there will be a sympathetic hearing in Congress for legalization of immigrants as long as unemployment remains high."

The truth is Congress should do what they were elected to do and follow the will of the people. Immigration has made this country what it is, I cannot deny that fact; what threatens to destroy the fabric of this nation is unrestricted and illegal immigration. But for the pandering of politicians to secure the “Hispanic” vote this would be obvious. We need to remove the plank from their eyes by unseating them from their positions of power. Only when removed from the temptations of office will they be able to clearly see the error of their ways.

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