Skip to comments.Illegal-immigrant numbers in state jump 35% in 3 years
Posted on 02/07/2011 8:20:27 AM PST by La Lydia
....An estimated 230,000 illegal immigrants were living in Washington state last year 35 percent more than three years earlier, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center. The total represents one of every 20 workers in the state. ...
They found that nationwide, illegal immigrants numbered 11.2 million, virtually unchanged from 2009 and down from a peak 12 million in 2007...While 57 percent are from Mexico, the illegal immigrants hail from across the world...They include people who sneaked across the borders, as well as those who came legally but overstayed employment, student or visitor visas.
Continued failure by the federal government to address the nation's immigration problems has led states to find fixes of their own. All but Washington, New Mexico and Utah now deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, and some believe that has made Washington a magnet. This year, state lawmakers here have introduced an unprecedented number of bills aimed at immigrants legal and illegal and several proposed cuts to the state budget would hit them hard.
There are measures that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, make English the state's official language and require the Department of Employment Security to verify the legal status of those it refers for employment...
Uriel Iñiguez, director of the state's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, said the fact that the illegal immigrant population nationally hasn't declined shows people aren't going anywhere....
State Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington, sponsor of several of the bills, said the state needs to act, since the federal government hasn't. She said the illegal-immigrant cost to the state is $272 million a biennium... "It's the lack of a secure border. If we can't keep them out of our country what's the point?"
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I bet they’re from Arizona.
That is what I suspect. And the ones for whom California has been ruined by the enormous influx of their own kind.
That's just the "workers" and not their 57 Chevy full of welfare anchor kids. About three years ago I collected all the various numbers and come up with a figure of one in 8-10 people in the US were illegals.
Even by pea-brained journalist standards, that was badly lame.
The best article about the real number of illegals. About half-way down, he gets to the juice of his argument.
Expected that to swell to 500K in 5 years if they don't scrap that "sanctuary area" stance. Don't think for one minute the mexicans will be satisfied with claiming the American Southwest... they want the whole USA landmass.
He’s right with the numbers I came up with. His 2007 numbers show out of every 8 US citizens there is one illegal.