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New report says illegal immigration population plummeted last year
Contra Costa Times (CA) ^ | 2/9/10 | Matt O'Brien

Posted on 02/09/2010 4:43:16 PM PST by ruralvoter

The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped by 1 million people in two years, according to new estimates by the Department of Homeland Security.

The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007. If the official estimates are correct, not since 2005 has the population of illegal immigrants been as low as it was last year.

Some private researchers, however, are questioning the magnitude of the drop.

# Top countries of origin for illegal immigrants in the U.S.: Mexico: 6.65 million (up by 42 percent since 2000)
# El Salvador: 530,000 (up by 25 percent)
# Guatemala: 480,000 (up by 65 percent)
# Honduras: 320,000 (up by 95 percent)
# Philippines: 270,000 (up by 33 percent)
# India: 200,000 (up by 64 percent)
# South Korea: 200,000 (up by 14 percent)

States with the most illegal immigrants:
# California: 2.6 million (up by 3 percent since 2000)
# Texas: 1.68 million (up by 54 percent)
# Florida: 720,000 (down by 10 percent)
# New York: 550,000 (up by 1 percent)
# Illinois: 540,000 (up by 24 percent)
# Georgia: 480,000 (up by 115 percent)
# Arizona: 460,000 (up by 42 percent)

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

(Excerpt) Read more at contracostatimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2009review; bhodhs; bhoillegals; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigrantlist

1 posted on 02/09/2010 4:43:16 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

Even the illegals don’t want to live in a country where Obama is President. :)


2 posted on 02/09/2010 4:45:46 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: ruralvoter

Can someone from Georgia please explain to me what is going on to attract so many illegal immigrants?


3 posted on 02/09/2010 4:48:48 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

Building in Gwinette County?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwinnett_County,_Georgia


4 posted on 02/09/2010 4:51:58 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: ruralvoter

Maybe what used to be a booming construction industry before the bubble burst. Atlanta is full of illegals.


5 posted on 02/09/2010 4:52:40 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: ruralvoter

Farm labor and construction.


6 posted on 02/09/2010 4:52:58 PM PST by Phoenix11
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To: ruralvoter
How on earth can these people even know the number of illegals living here when they can't control our borders?
I mean, some estimates already had the illegals at 20 million, and that was during the Bush/McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill push in 2007. Since then the Mexicans have continued to invade this country in great numbers every day, so how can the number then fall to 10.8 million then?
7 posted on 02/09/2010 4:53:45 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: ruralvoter

Even ILLEGALS are fleeing due to lack of jobs!

They’re even smarter than Obama.


8 posted on 02/09/2010 4:55:06 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: ruralvoter

Most of the illegals from countries overseas are actually ones with expired H1-Bs and L-1s. They are easy to track, as they are documented and fingerprinted at the ports of entry.


9 posted on 02/09/2010 4:56:12 PM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: SmokingJoe

Isn’t it amazing how they KNOW how many are here and do NOTHING to stop it?

Gee, think that will reduce national hell care costs since most of it is aimed at ILLEGALS ?


10 posted on 02/09/2010 4:56:15 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh
Gee, think that will reduce national hell care costs since most of it is aimed at ILLEGALS ?”

Exactly.
Take out the huge healthcare costs associated with illegals, plus another 10% cost reduction from tort reform, plus the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and you are talking hundreds of billions already saved from health care costs right there, even before a crack down on fraud and inefficiencies.

11 posted on 02/09/2010 5:00:07 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: ruralvoter

This is one facet of the immigration issue that is not often talked about: the economy determines is largely determinant of the number of illegal immigrants. When things are booming, they roar in and, in some cases, add to the pace of economic activity without it affecting too much the availability of jobs. When the economy tanks and jobs are scarce for everyone, many illegal immigrants go home, thus leaving whatever jobs there are for those who are here legally.


12 posted on 02/09/2010 5:00:29 PM PST by fightinJAG (Largest wing in future Obama Presidential Library will be devoted to Bush & Cheney)
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To: USNBandit
When I first moved to OK....in 97-98...I rarely saw people of Spanish decent.

And I've some experience in recognizing potential illegal So. American folks...after living in SoCal since the 60's....

That said....I noticed 7-8 years ago here...that there were most surely illegal aliens here...working in the region. Mostly service type jobs..labor intensive.

Ticked me off to no end...because I saw the same thing happen in SoCal.....

FWIW-

13 posted on 02/09/2010 5:01:07 PM PST by Osage Orange (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It)
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To: ruralvoter

It didn’t plummet in San Jose Ca, I can tell you that.


14 posted on 02/09/2010 5:07:24 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: ruralvoter

I cant believe swallow this lie, many illegals are still crossing the border and I see more illegals giving birth to more children in this recession than any other time.


15 posted on 02/09/2010 5:14:00 PM PST by lmarie373 ("Im a light skinned mexican-american with no mexican dialect ")
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


16 posted on 02/09/2010 5:16:01 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: ruralvoter

Good to see a decline in Florida. Now, let’s see if all the other states can have a decline.


17 posted on 02/09/2010 5:17:14 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: lmarie373
I cant believe ^people swallow this lie

Fixed it :D

18 posted on 02/09/2010 5:24:03 PM PST by lmarie373 ("Im a light skinned mexican-american with no mexican dialect ")
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To: ruralvoter

Yeah the illegals are leaving to find better opportunities in Mexico. /sarc

None of them have left....they’re probably drawing unemployment checks and all sorts of other gubbermint give aways.

Why would the invasion slow down or people leave when the gubbermint tap is wide open?


19 posted on 02/09/2010 5:27:40 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (If the constitutional eligibility of the president is not a "winning issue," then our nation is lost)
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To: ruralvoter

Estimates by agency answerable to Obama, estimates things are really, really gettin much better under Obama.


20 posted on 02/09/2010 5:31:10 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: ruralvoter

This is catastrophic news for the Democrats. Their base is fleeing the country.


21 posted on 02/09/2010 5:32:09 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: ruralvoter

I don’t believe this for a second. If the number of “illegals” are decreasing, its only because they’re starting to call themselves “undocumented”.


22 posted on 02/09/2010 5:32:43 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: ruralvoter

If true, and I doubt it, them only 25 million to go.


23 posted on 02/09/2010 5:34:28 PM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
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To: ruralvoter

Well it is sure reassuring to learn that since 2000, Illegal immigrants from Mexico have only increased by 42 percent.

Good job Bush and Obama.


24 posted on 02/09/2010 5:39:27 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: ruralvoter

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25 posted on 02/09/2010 5:46:01 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: ruralvoter

That news, were it true, would have the White House in Crisis Mode. They cannot afford to lose so many voters.


26 posted on 02/09/2010 6:04:33 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Hey thanks for that! I support NumberUSA.


27 posted on 02/09/2010 6:29:08 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: Bhoy

NumbersUSA.


28 posted on 02/09/2010 6:29:52 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: ruralvoter

The DHS hasn’t the faintest idea of how many illegals are in the USA.


29 posted on 02/09/2010 6:34:51 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: ruralvoter

High agricultural area along with large poultry producers. There is some construction.


30 posted on 02/09/2010 7:00:38 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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To: ruralvoter
I can only speak for NY and NY, but we have seen a tremendous reverse migration to the point where many of the businesses catering to the illegals (particularly those from Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador) have closed.

I saw two big waves of the above three groups: One which lasted from roughly 1992-1999 and then again from 2001-2005. The dropoff/return I started noticing in late 2007/early 2008.

31 posted on 02/09/2010 7:16:14 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: SmokingJoe
How on earth can these people even know the number of illegals living here when they can't control our borders?

Not "can't". Won't. There's a difference.

Increasing the flow of illegals was what Bush's Partnership for Prosperity (with Mexico) and New Alliance Task Force was all about. All done to help his banker buddies tap into this massive source of income.

I won't even go into the sub-prime lending feeding frenzy that lead directly to the current economic depression or the so-called, "American" Dream Downpayment Act, in which US tax dollars were given to illegals so they could use it as a downpayment to buy American houses.

And, then there's Bush's Social Security Totalization Agreement with Mexico that was going to give Mexican illegal aliens unprecedented access to the US Social Security system. It was signed near the end of his first term, but he never had the guts to send it to Congress.

32 posted on 02/09/2010 7:27:17 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: mom aka the evil dictator

There’s a big carpet industry, as well.


33 posted on 02/10/2010 12:32:55 AM PST by Politicalmom (Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. -- James Madison)
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To: Politicalmom

I forget about North Georgia, but you are definitely correct. Dalton is one long stretch of factories and carpet outlets.


34 posted on 02/10/2010 6:40:23 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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