Decline in Unauthorized Immigrants May be Reversing
Via Pew Research: Population Decline of Unauthorized Immigrants Stalls, May Have Reversed
The sharp decline in the U.S. population of unauthorized immigrants that accompanied the 2007-2009 recession has bottomed out, and the number may be rising again. As of March 2012, 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States, according to a new preliminary Pew Research Center estimate based on U.S. government data.
The estimated number of unauthorized immigrants peaked at 12.2 million in 2007 and fell to 11.3 million in 2009, breaking a rising trend that had held for decades. Although there are indications the number of unauthorized immigrants may be rising, the 2012 population estimate is the midpoint of a wide range of possible values and in a statistical sense is no different from the 2009 estimate.
A chart and more at the link.
At first blush this would seem to indicate that as the US economy recovers, more people are coming here seeking jobs. If true, this underscores the rather obvious market-driven nature of the immigration conundrum and further shows how dense many in Congress are being in their inability to address the problem as such. It is especially frustrating that the political party that is supposedly all about the role of markets fails to see the simple supply/demand factors at work here.
Of course, almost the entire immigration debate is mired in an ability to directly address reality.