Tuesday, March 07, 2006

IMMIGRATION WATCH

VIA Breitbart, Stephen Ohlemacher of AP reports on a “new estimate” of illegal aliens in the US:

“Number of Illegal Immigrants Hits 12M”

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/03/07/D8G6U2KO8.html

“The Pew Hispanic Center used Census Bureau data to estimate that the United States had 11.1 million illegal immigrants in March 2005. The center used monthly population estimates to project a current total of 11.5 million to 12 million… The report estimates that 850,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in United States each year since 2000… There are about 7.2 million undocumented workers in the U.S., or about 5 percent of the country's work force, the Pew report said.”

The report goes on to report an unintended consequence - Efforts to curb illegal immigration have not slowed the pace:

“The security has done more to keep people from going back to Mexico than it has to keep them from coming in," said Jeffrey Passel, a senior research associate at the center.

It’s surely a coincidence, but if this report is correct, we now have more illegal workers in the labor force than we have unemployed Americans out of it…

We’re losing this one. Time to face up to it.

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