Number of Illegal Aliens Declines in the US?

Today’s commentary will be short but not so sweet!

I have been reading interesting news reports and watching discussions on news broadcasts about how the Pew Hispanic Center have determined that the number of illegal aliens present in our country has declined during the past two years. I have provided you with the article that appeared in the Washington Times Wednesday, September 1st about this very issue.

I am frankly having a difficult time understanding how the Pew Hispanic Center came to their conclusion and, frankly, I am at a loss to understand how representatives of organizations have been quick to embrace the theory put forward by the Pew Center.

I have provided you with a link to “2009 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics” that is produced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I urge you to check out the two charts I have provided you with below:

http://www.dhs.gov/files/statistics/immigration.shtm

You will notice that I have provided you first with the statistics of how many aliens secured lawful immigrant status in the United States from 2000 until 2009. You will see that in 2009 a total of 1,130, 818 aliens became lawful immigrants (were issued “green cards”). In the last ten years only in 2006 did we see a higher number of new lawful immigrants (1,266,129).

If the United States is no longer such a desirable place for the illegal aliens, why are the number of legal immigrants climbing?

Next I would suggest you check out the arrest statistics also taken from the DHS report. According to the DHS furnished statistics, the number of illegal aliens apprehended by special agents of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) totaled 21,877 for 2009 while in 2008 the number of such apprehensions was 33,573 and in 2007 a total of 53,562 illegal alien s were apprehended by special agents of ICE.

Detention and Removal Operations noted on the chart refer to illegal aliens who were identified as being incarcerated following their being convicted of committing felonies in the United States.

Border Patrol arrests trended lower from 2007 until 2009 but many factors come into play where those statistics are concerned.

The point is that I am not truly certain that there has been any reduction at all in the number of illegal aliens who are present in the United States.

Estimates as to what percentage of illegal aliens are apprehended by the Border Patrol vary so widely that it is impossible to correlate the number of illegal aliens who succeed in evading the Border Patrol as compared with how many are apprehended.

I also want you to take a long hard look at those statistics.

There are about 6,000 ICE special agents for the entire United States of America.

In 2009 those 6,000 special agents arrested a total of 21, 877 illegal aliens. This works out to an average of each agent arresting fewer than 4 illegal aliens for immigration law violations per year!!!

Doing a bit more computing, this means that the average ICE special agent arrested one illegal alien simply for violations of immigration laws every 3 months!

Yet the administration claims that enforcement is up?!

Border Patrol apprehensions are far greater than are the arrests made by ICE but here is something to consider- the Border Patrol takes credit for an arrest every time an illegal alien is arrested, even if the same alien is arrested multiple times. Illegal aliens who are willing to be arrested numerous times by the Border Patrol will ultimately succeed in getting past the Border Patrol- all that they need to do in order to succeed is to be able to ultimately make one more attempt at running the border than the number of times they are arrested before they ultimately succeed.

Once an alien gets past the Border Patrol and makes his way into the interior of the United States, there is scant likelihood that they will be apprehended and deported (removed) from the United States. In fact, the Amnesty program, under the aegis of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” that is being hawked by the administration and members of Congress such as Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the other “usual suspects” would make running our nation’s borders a prerequisite for becoming a United States citizen!

It has been said that “Figures don’t lie but liars can figure!”

Here are the cold, hard numbers as provided by the folks at the Department of Homeland Surrender!

I guess we all understand why the special agents at DHS have given their “leaders” a unanimous vote of “No confidence!”

Considering those statistics along with so many other issues, it is not all that difficult to figure it out!

Clearly the will of the citizens of our nation is being blithely ignored by the administration. According to a Fox News report that aired this morning, the list of states that are now seeking to enact legislation that is similar to Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070 is growing, even among states whose governors are Democrats.

It is time for the politicians in Washington to live up to their oaths of office as well!

They must take to heart the statements made by the union leaders who represent the employees of Immigration and Custom Enforcement and do whatever is necessary to address these massive deficiencies as quickly and effectively as possible. The security of our nation and the safety of our citizens must, without equivocation take priority over any political goals or agenda.

It is unacceptable that the citizens of this nation be alienated by their own government especially where border security and the enforcement and administration of our nation’s immigration laws are concerned!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

November 2nd cannot come fast enough!

We the People, throughout this nation must seek opportunities to make it clear to our political “representatives” that we understand their game plan and won’t tolerate it!

I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels and members of al-Qaeda!

We the People can add to the consternation of those politicians who are failing to live up to their oaths of office by contacting them and making it abundantly clear that election day is coming and they should think of election day as their personal “Day of Reckoning!”

Our government must live up to its obligation of protecting its own citizens and, indeed, all who are present in our country from the criminals and terrorists who would threaten our lives and the survival of our nation and our way of life. In the end, the government is actually those who are elected to act as our “leaders.” Those who fail to truly lead and look out for those they are supposed to represent, need to be sent packing this coming Election Day!

If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.

My goal is to point out our nations many failings *before* more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.

The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.

Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his (her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the outrageous betrayal that this would represent given the national security implications that this program would have, should be shown the door at the next election!

If you find yourself to be in agreement with what I had to say, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

In just two months, each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. More than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!

However, the practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!

The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians. I implore you to get involved!

If this situation concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an *AMERICAN* issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

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Michael Cutler, a former Senior INS Investigator, an expert witness in more than a dozen Congressional Hearings is a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an advisor to the '911 Families for a Secure America.' He writes about the nexus between immigration and national security.