Illegal immigrant population declined last year.

Why this is a fucking surprise I don’t know. We are going through a recession that shows few signs of abating for Joe and Jill Public. That also includes Joe and Jill Immigrant. We have a major water shortage in California, which means the farmers aren’t planting much because their water rations have been cut in half, just for starters. From the Jurist link:

The Office of Immigration Statistics of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report [text, PDF] Wednesday estimating that the total number of illegal immigrants living in the US fell to 10.8 million during the year ending in January 2009. The DHS calculates the “unauthorized resident population” by subtracting the number of legal permanent residents, asylees, refugees, and non-immigrants from estimates of the total foreign-born population. The seven percent decline from 11.6 million in January 2008 is attributed by many to the economic decline during that period. According to DHS estimates, 10.8 million is the smallest population of unauthorized residents since 2005, when there were an estimated 10.5 million [report, PDF]. A Pew Hispanic Center report [text, PDF] released in July showed a similar decline in the Mexican immigrant population in the US. The report clarified that although the recession has hurt employment of Latino immigrants, the decline resulted from decreased immigration into the US rather than from immigrants leaving the US to go back to Mexico.
In December, Democratic lawmakers introduced an immigration reform bill in the US House of Representatives that would give undocumented immigrants an easier path to seek legal status in the country. The proposed legislation, which is titled the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) [bill summary, PDF], follows the Obama administration’s announcement that it would seek immigration reform early in 2010. In November, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the proposed reform legislation would be a “three-legged stool” that combines effective and fair enforcement, an improved process for legal immigration, and a “firm but fair way” to deal with illegal immigrants who are already in the US. The proposed bill is also the first attempt at immigration reform since the failed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill in 2007. At that time, detractors called the bill too lenient on illegal immigrants and said that by granting legal status to illegal aliens, the US was granting “amnesty.”

I am so fucking sick and tired of everyone who blames the brown people for anything and everything. Having a bill that the idiots, Rethugs and racist’s call ‘too lenient’ sounds about right because anything those fuckers hate, must be a good thing.


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I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on February 11, 2010, in Immigration, undocumented workers. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Families in Mexico are sending their relatives here in the U.S. money so they can cover their bills. Many illegals have gone back to Mexico because they have family there and a roof over their heads. We are becoming a third world country faster than any one imagines. We should be opening our borders through more legal migration. Jeb Bush and the CFR of all people are promoting a path to citizenship and a complete over haul of our immigration policy.

  2.    First did you here Bill Clinton is in the hospital? Anyway I do not know if illegal immigrants take anything away from us beyond getting free health care that citizens can't get. Most are leaving because of the great job Bush did they are no better off here than they were home.

  3. Is the hospital in Haiti? I doubt it. LOL.
    NAFTA was a night mare for us, and Mexico. NAFTA and the Balkanization of the Balkans were Clintons project by the powers that be[TPTB]. We need a new tax base, that new tax base will be supplemented by immigrants. Obama will hand the comprehensive immigration reform portfolio to Mc Cain. The rethugs will pass it reluctantly. But it will be passed, because it will also keep wages down for the Corps.

  4. RZ is correct. Us Americans aren't having enough babies to support us when we get older through Social Security.    We have to encourage more legal immigration.    And it would piss off Republicans. Like Dusty says, that's a good thing.

  5. 101: Be carefull now. This will be a great move for the rethugs. They know the electorate demographics are working against them. Hispanics will be a major voting force in the next 10-20 years. Lose the Hispanic vote, enter extinction. The repug elite know this. This is why I still have a feeling that we have not heard the last of the Bush dynasty. Jeb speaks fluent Spanish, his wife is Mexican. His son is making major in roads in local TExan politics. Papa Bush still has a lot of iou's to collect. Papa always wanted Jeb not W to be the one.

  6. I'd love to see somebody do an honest piece on how the farming corporations have fucked themselves in regards to water through shitty agricultural practices and how they expect taxpayers to foot the bill for their mistakes (as we always have).  Some of these guys are still getting rich during the so called water crisis but people only get one side of the story.  Valley republican propagandist hacks have said time and again nobody is too big to fail, I guess Cali agribusiness doesn't count. 

    As for the poor mexican immigrants, they have been exploited in America and specifically California for so long they're like a commodity, they've become political currency.  Who can blame them for coming here to gain a better a life, but the border is wide open for anybody to bring anything into the country.  They need to control the border a little tighter (even though its way too late).

  7. The sad thing is that farmers are selling their water rights for more money than they can get for growing crops. Water will soon be weaponized, privatized, and corporatized. I live in Arizona and have been through these [check points] in the middle of the desert.

  8. Jimbo, Lots of people get free health care..its called The Emergency Room you asshole.And it's ain't all it's cracked up to be either..I know from personal experience.

  9. and how they expect taxpayers to foot the bill for their mistakes (as we always have).- Do you live in a farming community or do you just get your 411 from The National Enquirer or rightwing nutter sites Johnny? Yes, there are asshole corporate farms and unscrupulous farmers, but do not include all farmers in that blanket statement ok? Thank You!!!

    The government has to finally put their (our) foot down and get rid of the loopholes and the bullshit that allows agri-business to milk the system…that's a no-brainer.

    Water will be the currency of the future. Sad ain't it?

  10. how will the rethugs spin this?  will they say that even the illegal immigrants don't like obama?  how about they left, because there aren't enough jobs even for them?  how about saying something that chimpy did is finally taking effect, and it has nothing to do with the dems? 

    the rethugs are walking a very fine line, as hispanics just might decide the next election.  it would behoove obama and the dems to work on immigration policy now.  if they manage to pass anything decent, they will solidify the hispanic vote (for the most part).  if they can't pass anything, they can blame the obstructionist rethugs.

  11. EXACTLY: the rethugs are walking a fine line, they are damned if they do, and damned and extinct if they do not. the dems have to take the leadership role on this right out of the gate, while letting the rethugs look like they are included.
    The people that say the illegals are taking away american jobs are on acid. they are doing the jobs that americans refuse to do, no matter what the pay is. truth101 made a good point when he said that we will need their tax base to help pay for soc.sec.

  12. Extinct? How I would love to see that happen. I would get fucking giddy over it. The center-right moderates need a place to call home, the Rethugs tossed them over the side in the 08 Elections.

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