Obama Reverses Progress on Illegal Immigration

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, February 16, 2012

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. was actually dropping at the end of the George W. Bush years—but that progress has stopped under President Obama, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies.

With enforcement increasing and the economy souring, CIS said a net of 1 million illegal immigrants left the U.S. from January 2007 to January 2009, as the population went from 11.8 million down to 10.8 million.

But progress has halted since Mr. Obama took office in January 2009 and, if anything, the illegal population in the United States rebounded slightly, to 10.9 million in 2011—the most recent figures available, according to the study.

CIS, a think tank that argues for stricter immigration limits, uses Census Bureau numbers to make its estimates. The analysts said the numbers show the changes Mr. Obama has made to immigration enforcement appear to be backfiring, and that more people are staying here illegally.


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  • Anonymous


    For instance, it is common knowledge that anywhere from 30-38 million illegal aliens are in America. These migrants, mostly from Mexico, cost American taxpayers hundreds billions of dollars each year for public services to which illegal aliens are not entitled.

    • ageofknowledge

      It amazes me that the U.S. government could track the last source of mad cow disease to the very cow in Canada that sired the Washington state calf but claims it is completely helpless to find a single one of the tens of millions of illegal aliens working in the immigrant networks they have set up which displace and actively block American workers from entire industries they now control in large portions of the Southwestern United States.

  • Anonymous

    We should bring the military back from S. Korea, Germany, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan, etc., and use it for what it was originally intended to due: keep America safe.

    Send the illegals back home and seal the border.  Then we should charge the Mexican government for all the money they cost us to imprison and feed.

    • Impertinent

      Nah…we should invade them…..jail and imprison every pendejo in Mexico City that allowed and sanctioned the invasion of the US as a means to rid itself of their social misfits, illiterates and unemployable, non skilled residents.

      Take their vast oil resources as a down payment for ruining America, filling it’s jails, turning its greatest cities into chicken cooped, rusted out pinto barrios.

      This is “culture”

      Sorry to say but in 10 years a white, legal, American born citizen won’t be able to get elected as a code enforcer in most of America.

      • Look before you leap…

        If we march boots into Mexico, every Mexican legal and illegal alien in the United States officially becomes a war refugee with legal status, and streams more will stream northward.


  • Anonymous

    When asked last fall at a roundtable of Latino journalists about his reportedly high “deportation” numbers, President Obama had reassuring words for the ethnocentric gathering:

    “[T]he statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is…apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours.” (“Obama pushes back on immigration policy criticism from Latinos, WASHINGTON POST, September 29, 2011, By David Nakamura)http://tinyurl.com/dxc5nkn

    • Anonymous

       I’m sure it was laced with many “uh”‘s, along with “and, uh”s. The man can’t utter two coherent words without a teleprompter without every third or fourth word being, “uh.”

  • Anonymous

    I agree wholeheartedly.

    Iran poses no threat to the United States.  We should pull out immediately and scale down the military and use the savings to reduce taxes and pay off the debt.

    Imagine how much we could help our nation by shipping the Mexicans/Guatemalans/etc home… my mouth waters at the prospect.

    As I’ve said before, first world status cannot be maintained by filling the country with third world people.

    This economic calamity we face now is part of the transition from a first-world to a 3rd-world country.  It is racial at its heart, with the “gimme” attitude of the blacks/Hispanics  and the anti-White White liberals ultimately destroying the nation’s productivity and prosperity.

  • Anonymous

    There has got to be a race-realist/libertarian equivalent of the SPLC.  Hopefully it wouldn’t have the arrogance and smugness that the SPLC has.  It has not spoken very favorably of Jared Taylor.  I have a hard time forgiving them for that.

    • Closest you’ll get are the National Policy Institute (which published Jared Taylor’s paper on Race and the Founders a few days ago), and David Horowitz’s “Discover the Networks,” though Horowitz is far from my favorite person in the world these days.

  • I am a newcomer to this website, but I am glad that I found it through a patriot friend of mine. I wrote a book on the situation on our southern border with Mexico and how to solve the problem. Since I was in the military for twenty-seven years, I used the planning steps that we use for any military operation. During my research I discovered many threats coming at America because our border is basically wide open; regardless of what the government and MSM tell us. I did a personal reconnaissance of the border from the State of California to the State of Texas. The post by “The Bobster” is pretty close to the actual number of illegal aliens in America that I calculated four years ago based on how the Congressional Research Service (CRS) derives its estimates for Congress. I will give a small example to support that the number of illegal aliens in America is much larger than what we are repeatedly told. During the Bush administration, we detained right at 1,000,000 illegal aliens each year over a two-year period. The CRS bases total numbers of illegal aliens on a ten percent detention rate. That comes to almost 10 million a year in just two years. Therefore, the number of illegal aliens in America is at least 30 million. Bush and McCain were major proponents for amnesty. Obama backed off of amnesty during his first term, but it will be very high on his agenda, if he is re-elected. 

    • Bush and McCain were major proponents for amnesty. Obama backed off of
      amnesty during his first term, but it will be very high on his agenda,
      if he is re-elected.

      Or it might not be.  In his eyes, he’s doing just well with his “amnesty via non-enforcement” scheme.  It has the same net long-term effect, but with almost none of the political blowback that comes from pushing a piece of legislation called or behaving like amnesty.  His only problem is that the Razatards are squaking big time for actual legislation with a signing ceremony so that the half of Mexico and the good chunks of points south that are here illegally can see as plain as the nose on their face that they can stay legally.

  • Except almost all of Obama’s “deportations” are as fake as Bush’s.  An illegal blocked at the border is counted as a deportation, and the Feds filing deportation paperwork is also counted as a deportation, even though those rarely result in actual deportation.  Also it should be said that Obama will soon end turning away illegals at the border, he wants them brought into the country for “prosecution” (translation:  no prosecution, so they can stay permanently). 

  • Whatever happened to the ICE raids on businesses that used to be conducted? You know, ICE would raid a business, round up all the illegal invaders working there, which was usually close to the entire workforce, and hold for deportation. They used to hold for deportation, then they started releasing them with ankle monitors. Now, I have not even heard of a raid being conducted in a couple of years.

    I know the razas were having a fit because many of their bretheren were getting rounded up and deported during ICE raids. Were the razas finally able to eliminate raids on the grounds that such raids were “racist against hispanics?”