I think those of us that are immigration attorneys and have helped legalize some of those who were previously illegally in the U.S. should take some credit for the decreased #s.
Also, DHS cannot even count how many people have I-130 petitions approved and cannot file to get their U.S. Legal Permanent Residence due to the years and years of backlogs. Relying on DHS date is speculative, at best.
New data show the illegal immigrant population in the US plunged between 2008 and 2009. The report has sparked a debate about the reasons behind the decline and what it means for reform.Los Angeles
A report that America’s illegal immigrant population declined by almost 1 million in one year is fomenting hot debate about why it is happening, whether the statistics are correct, and how the numbers should affect US immigration reform.
The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States dropped to 10.6 million in 2009 from 11.6 million in 2008, the sharpest decrease in 30 years and a second straight year of decline, according to a Department of Homeland Security report released this week.
Some immigration-control groups say the decline is happening primarily because of a buildup of border patrol and surveillance – and that the buildup should thus continue to further reduce illegal immigration. Other groups claim it is a result of the poor economy. Some say it is both, and still others doubt the statistics altogether.