Number of U.S. illegal immigrants from Mexico drops

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  • RichardB Murray, UT
    April 25, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    The Department of Homeland security did a study in January of this year. They found 11.5 million people here illegally, compared to 11.6 last January. They also found that 59% of the people here illegally were from Mexico. That is 6.785 million people, or 215,000 people less than 2007 and the same as last year.

    PEW needs to buy a calculator.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 24, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    I see the administration's plan to combat illegal immigration has worked: Make the U.S. economy so bad that illegals stop coming here.

    If we can get Obama a second term, maybe he can make the economy even worse and we'll actually see Americans illegally immigrating to Mexico in search of a better life...

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    April 23, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    Does anyone really believe this? Maybe in 2002 there were 7 million. Not today and that is not counting the anchor children. Give us a break DN. We are smarter than this.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2012 7:41 p.m.

    6.1 million is 6.l million too many. Funny that the economy is so awful even the Mexicans aren't coming.

    Unemployment still above 8% 3 years after barack said we needed to spend 787 billion to prevent it from reaching 8%

    Barack is one big OOPS

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 23, 2012 6:36 p.m.

    If this is true, and that is a really big "if" then it is good news.

    However, this report smacks of opportunistic creative accounting to throw out to help Obama's reelection.

    The truth of the matter is that there should never be ANY illegal aliens in the U.S. And, if a few do manage to sneak in, they should be tracked down and sent back home (whereever that might be).

    Legal immigrants are a welcome addition to our country, and there is a process for that. Anyone whose first act on U.S. soil is to be here illegally is not welcome. Period!

    Secure the borders!

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    April 23, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    Everyday I see a different number on these studies. The department of homeland security put the number of people here illegally at 11.5 last week. Compared with 2008 that showed 11.6 it seems like we are not seeing a loss, but remaining steady. If people are going home to Mexico, where are they coming from to replace them.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    April 23, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    LDSlibby- why? I think I see it as tougher regulation has helped. Stepping up border patrols and increasing the man power on the border have helped. Liberals would love to see it as, "see, we told you illegal immigration wasn't that big of a deal" but it is. Obama wants to do away with Arizona's tough law, yet I think it's the toughness that is working. Maybe we just need to do away with Obama?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 23, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    I'm a bit skeptical about the numbers. Passel/Pew use the remainder or residual theory of calculating illegal aliens. Basically, the formula says that if we know the total number of foreign-born, and we subtract the number of LPRs and Naturalized...all the rest must be illegal.
    They've been proven off by as many as 10 million illegals.
    Now, the US Visit program was supposed to track the exit of visa holders, but it has never worked right.
    And the Census refused to ask about immigration status. So how do they know that numbers are down?
    Like I said, I'm skeptical.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 23, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Republicans are going to hate this....

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    April 23, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    I thought it was the other way around: I thought Americans wanted the work the illegals were taking!

  • JD Tractor Iowa City, IA
    April 23, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Our economy is so bad even illegal immigrants can't find work! Now that's saying something.