Pew Research Center
Contrary to Political Rhetoric, Immigration in Decline
Certainly one of the most championed issues of this year’s Presidential campaign has been illegal immigration, particularly from Mexico. However, like much of the rhetoric during the campaign, the question of illegal immigration has been largely devoid of facts.
While there are no reliable statistics for how many illegal immigrants cross the border with Mexico, experts use the number of apprehensions as a proxy. By that measure, the number of Mexicans apprehended at the border has dropped from more than 1.5 million in 2000 to just about 229,000 in 2014. Meanwhile, the number of non-Mexicans (mostly from Central American countries including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) rose sharply and exceeded the number of Mexicans apprehended in 2014. A big part of this increase in non-Mexican immigration is accounted for by unaccompanied children.
Meanwhile, under President Obama, the number of deportations has risen sharply, to a record of more than 435,000 in 2013. Between 2009 and 2014, more than 2.4 million illegal residents were deported. Donald Trump will approve of the fact that more than 40 percent of those deported were convicted criminals. Read more…