A new analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of monthly data collected by the Census Bureau shows that the illegal immigrant population has declined significantly between last summer and May of this year. The study is the first to find quantitative evidence that illegal immigrants are leaving the country. It also examines the extent to which stepped-up enforcement and the downturn in the economy account for this trend.
[Editors Note: The announcement of this report can be read here. The complete report, “Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population,” by Steven A. Camarota and Karen Jensenius, with its charts and tables, can be read on-line here.]