Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Illegal-Immigrant Population Increased Dramatically in Biden’s First Year; Biden is Looking to Double His Record on Letting in Illegal Migrants

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The Illegal-Immigrant Population Increased Dramatically in Biden’s First Year:
In a very real sense, America has lost control of its borders.
Given the ongoing crisis at our southern border, it seems almost certain that the illegal-immigrant population in the U.S. has been growing — but by how much, exactly? Our latest research shows that the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. actually declined during the pandemic year of 2020, but then it rebounded sharply in 2021 with an increase of over 1 million in the last year. This is possibly the largest single-year increase ever, and it has brought the total illegal-immigrant population back to pre-pandemic levels.
Most estimates of the illegal-immigrant population, including those by the DHS, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), and the Pew Research Center, are based on the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey (ACS), which does capture most illegal immigrants. The number of legal immigrants in the country can be estimated based on administrative data, and these allow researchers to then estimate the number of illegal immigrant in the survey, which is then adjusted upward to reflect undercount. Unfortunately, the Census Bureau was not able to properly collect the 2020 ACS due to Covid-19, and the 2021 ACS will not be out for many months, hence there are no recent estimates of illegal immigrants from the DHS, the CMS, and Pew.
Fortunately, the Current Population Survey (CPS) is still available. The CPS is collected by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, primarily to measure employment. The survey is collected every month and released almost immediately. Unlike the ACS, the CPS “met our standards for accuracy and reliability,” according to BLS. At about 60,000 households, the CPS is smaller (and thus less precise) than the ACS, but the CPS produces population numbers at the national level that generally track with the ACS.
Using the CPS, we find that the number of illegal immigrants in the country fell from 11.5 million in January of 2019 to 10.2 million by January of 2021. However, the population rebounded to 11.5 million by February of 2022. Policies such as Remain in Mexico, which required some asylum applicants to wait south of the border while their applications were processed, and Title 42 public-health expulsions, which returned non-Mexicans apprehended at the border to Mexico due to the Covid emergency, reduced the number of new illegal immigrants. The reduction of temporary visitors (e.g. tourists, guest workers, and foreign students) during Covid almost certainly reduced the number of visa overstayers as well. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden is looking to double his record on letting in illegal migrants:
Putting up yet another “come on in” sign on the southern border, the Biden administration announced Friday that it will indeed axe Title 42 next month, ending its own power, based on COVID concerns, to send home illegal migrants who request asylum. And never mind that the Border Patrol (whose ranks Biden aims to cut) has no idea how it’ll handle the resulting surge-atop-a-surge, or that even many Democrats had warned against the move.
By the way, Team Biden is also offering free vaccines to the migrants, though not turning away any who refuse.
US immigration policy and enforcement have been a mess for decades, but Team Biden seems determined to make them an utter farce.
This follows the tale of a group of Ukrainian refugees who flew to Mexico City a week after Russia invaded and proceeded to the border, where they were denied entry — and then to another port of entry, where they made it in.
Plainly, word of the easiest way into the United States (and of the need to keep trying if it doesn’t work the first time) has spread far and wide, which is why the border surge is increasingly composed of people from all over the world, not just the Central Americans who started it as Biden took office and started signaling “welcome!” --->READ MORE HERE
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