Jon Stewart: “The best defense against bullsh__ is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.”
I can think of no better guideline for what we’re trying to do here at OTE, so let’s take Jon up on his parting lead to us and post a couple of pictures regarding a point that most of the candidates were absolutely hammering on in last night’s Republican primary debate: the problem of unauthorized, or illegal immigration.
What no one mentioned was that the number of unauthorized immigrants has stabilized, and in the case of Mexico, is actually falling, as per the following two figures from the Pew Research Center. Certainly the impression left by the debate was that this situation is worsening. It is not.
First, here are the levels in unauthorized immigration, which leveled off a few years ago, meaning the net inflow (inflow-outflow of unauthorized immigrants) is around zero.
The data on undocumented immigrants from Mexico comes with more of a lag, but the most recent data shows net inflows have been negative, i.e., the number of undocumented Mexicans is declining.
Now, you might object to these levels of unauthorized persons here in the U.S. If so, you might also take some solace from the fact that they’ve stabilized in general and are falling re Mexicans. You might conclude, contrary to the rhetoric from the R’s last night, that our border patrol efforts are working.
But any implication that these levels have been rising as an increasing number of immigrants come to America without authorization is wrong.
Like the man said: smell something, say something.