Even Illegal Immigrants Can’t Find Jobs

The number of illegal immigrants in the United States plunged by nearly a million last year, partly because the troubled economy made it harder to find jobs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says beefed-up enforcement efforts, especially along the Mexican border, also helped reduce the number of illegal aliens.

Federal officials say the undocumented immigrant population fell to 10.8 million last year, down from 11.6 million in 2008. In California, the number dropped by 250,000 to 2.6 million.

Naturally, all sides of the immigration debate are trying to spin these new numbers. The Los Angeles Times has the full story here.

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sb-07-09A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.

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6 Responses

  1. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    I'm confused. ART GARFUNKEL was naked instead of Harvey Keitel? Did they arm-wrestle to see who got to show and tell?

  2. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Thanks for the "illegal" story. I always thought "illegal", meant "not legal". What part of those words don't they understand. The Federal Government is responsible for "invasions". This has been, clearly, and "invasion".

    • Avatar Elenny says:

      Take your hate to the RS site please. There are a lot more like you over there.

      • Avatar pmarshall says:

        This was not meant to be a "hate" statement. I am far from being that type. Sometimes facts should be out there — if that is "hate", then I am not sure how we can solve our problems. We have many legal immigrants who are in need of help, along with our other citizens. If Congress can get their act together, maybe we can solve more problems.

  3. Avatar l00ker says:

    Well, since unemployment for Americans will remain high for at least another 2 years, we should be illegal alien free by 2012 God willing.