Thursday, July 30, 2009

Illegal immigrant population in AZ falls by 1/3 - biggest decrease in nation

No doubt due to the tough on illegal immigration approach by leaders like Sheriff Arpaio, County Attorney Thomas, and Senator Russell Pearce.

The number of illegal immigrants living in Arizona has plunged by one-third in the past two years amid a dismal job market and stiffer enforcement of immigration laws, according to researchers who released a new report.

Arizona saw the largest decline of any state, according to researchers at the Center for Immigration Studies, whose report shows that the nation's undocumented population fell nearly 14 percent from the summer of 2007 to the first quarter of this year, following years of steady growth.

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More from the study -

There is also evidence that the number of illegal immigrants returning home has more than doubled in the last two years compared to earlier in this decade.

Our best estimate is that the illegal population declined 13.7 percent (1.7 million) from a peak of 12.5 million in the summer of 2007 to 10.8 million in the first quarter of 2009.

The fact that the legal immigrant population does not show the same decline is an indication that stepped up enforcement has played a role.

Another indication that enforcement has played a role in the decline is that the illegal immigrant population began falling before there was a significant rise in their unemployment rate.

Read the study from the Center for Immigration Studies

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