With U.S. immigration enforcement practices and President Obama’s executive amnesty orders still boiling atop a front burner in political and policy debates, new data from the Pew Research Center may have a big impact on those heated discussions.
After combing through some 60 years of Border Patrol records, Pew finds that, for the first time, more non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended at U.S. borders in 2014 by border security agents.
Pew says the dramatic shift is a sign that the recent recession that dealt such a severe blow to America’s economy has caused illegals from Mexico to cross the border significantly less often. The new apprehensions data shows that the pronounced migration wave from Mexico that began in the 1980’s lasted until the Great Recession.
About 229,000 Mexicans were apprehended by the Border Patrol in fiscal year 2014 compared with 257,000 non-Mexicans during the previous year, according to recently published Border Patrol data…
These numbers are dramatically different than in 2007 when Mexican apprehensions totaled 809,000, compared with just 68,000 non-Mexicans. The number of Mexican immigrants apprehended at the border peaked at 1.6 million in 2000, the Pew Research analysis showed.
On Tuesday, Western Journalism posted related news about President Obama’s immigration policies failing to do what they were supposedly intended to accomplish.
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Via Fox News Latino comes word that deportations of apprehended illegals have dropped to their lowest level in President Obama’s six years in office:
Fewer immigrants were deported in the last year than ever during the Obama administration, according to the Los Angeles Times, which obtained a draft report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The newspaper noted that the drop – deportations were down by 14 percent – occurred despite a rise in the number of people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.
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