CAPS — For the last few years, soothing voices in the media have been telling us not to worry about illegal immigration anymore. During that time the flow of illegal aliens to the U.S. subsided, particularly the flow of Mexicans – once the leading demographic of illegal immigration. Accordingly, some commentators during this election year have spread the message that candidates who talk about securing the border are simply out of step with present realities.
Well, it seems those realities are changing, as indicated by some of the latest statistics from the Census Bureau. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analyzed those statistics and found that illegal immigration definitely is heading upward again. And legal immigration is rising too.
In 2012 and 2013, 2.3 million immigrants (legal and illegal) arrived in the U.S., about 1.1 million per year. Of that yearly number, CIS estimates that 350,000 were illegal aliens. In 2014 and 2015 the total number of immigrants rose to 3.1 million, or 1.5 million a year. Of that annual number, CIS estimates 550,000 came illegally.
It is true that the number of Mexican immigrants (legal and illegal) has leveled off. But immigrants from elsewhere, most notably other countries in Latin America, have more than made up for the slack. And when those Latin Americans arrive illegally it is quite commonly by crossing the Mexican border.