creating a AZMEX group.
AZMEX I3 24 MAR 2012
Note: Living here, would continue to believe numbers are suspect,
generated to meet an agenda. Also, despite recent significantly
increased activity across the border, apprehensions remain low.
Illegal-immigration population in Arizona plunges since 2008
200,000 have left state since '08, feds estimate
by Daniel González - Mar. 23, 2012 11:11 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com
The size of Arizona's undocumented-immigrant population has dropped
significantly in recent years and is now near its lowest level in a
decade, according to new government estimates.
A report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security,
based on 2010 census data, estimated there were 360,000 illegal
immigrants in Arizona as of January 2011.
That is down 110,000 from a year earlier. It also is down 200,000
from the peak in 2008, when an estimated 560,000 illegal immigrants
lived in Arizona. Those estimates are based on 2000 census data.
Experts say the the primary factor behind the exodus was the lack of
jobs during the recession, but tighter border enforcement and tough
immigration laws also played a role.
A DHS official cautioned against making direct comparisons between
the estimates released Friday and earlier DHS estimates because they
are based on census data a decade apart.
But, experts say, the new figures confirm a strong downward trend in
the size of the undocumented population in Arizona, which has long
been considered ground zero for illegal immigration. The size of the
state's undocumented population and the state's reputation as the
main corridor for illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexican border
feed into that consideration, they say.
"There are certainly indications that the numbers of undocumented
immigrants in Arizona are dropping," said Jeffrey Passel, senior
demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, a think tank in Washington,
D.C., that also studies the nation's undocumented population.
The report suggests that the undocumented population in Arizona is at
its lowest level since 2000, when an earlier DHS report estimated
that there were 330,000 illegal immigrants in the state.
Although there is no question Arizona's undocumented population has
decreased sharply, it's difficult to say by how much, Passel said.
That is because the 2010 census counted fewer Latinos in Arizona than
previously estimated. As a result, the state's undocumented
population may not have been as large as once thought, he said.
Border Patrol apprehensions, an indicator of the number of illegal
immigrants crossing the border, are also down in Arizona. In the
Tucson Sector, the nation's busiest portion of the border for
smuggling, apprehensions fell 41 percent last year compared with the
Lisa Magana, a political-science professor and immigration expert at
Arizona State University's School of Transborder Studies, said the
undocumented population in Arizona has decreased primarily because of
the economy. Fewer jobs in construction and the tourism industry
spurred many illegal immigrants to leave and fewer to arrive, she said.
She said tighter border security and a series of state immigration-
enforcement laws, such as Senate Bill 1070, aimed at driving illegal
immigrants out of Arizona also played a role.
She believes proponents of immigration-enforcement laws will continue
to push for more. But the laws will have a harder time getting passed
-- not necessarily because illegal immigration in the state is down
but because the economy is improving.
State Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, said he agrees that the state's
undocumented population has decreased because of fewer jobs.
But he said illegal immigration remains a major problem in the state.
This year, he introduced two bills that would have required schools
and hospitals in Arizona to keep track of illegal immigrants. Both
Smith also said he has no plans to back off from sponsoring illegal-
immigration-enforcement bills, despite the decrease in the state's
undocumented population. He said that as the economy rebounds so will
"I will continue to introduce any legislation that will help us get a
handle on this problem," he said.
The Department of Homeland Security relied on the 2010 American
Community Survey, based on the 2010 census, to estimate the size of
the nation's undocumented population.
In general, the undocumented population was calculated by subtracting
the number of legal residents from the total number of foreign-born
people living in the U.S.
The report said there were 11.5 million undocumented immigrants
living in the U.S. as of January 2011. The report also revised the
nation's undocumented population for 2010 to 11.6 million from an
earlier estimate of 10.8 million. That was because the 2010 census
counted more Latinos in the U.S. than previous estimates, the reverse
of Arizona, Passel said.
Arizona now ranks ninth out of the 10 states with the largest
undocumented populations, according to the new DHS report.
Last year, Arizona ranked fifth among states with the largest
New York, with an estimated 630,000 illegal immigrants; Georgia, with
440,000; New Jersey, with 420,000; and North Carolina, with 400,000,
have all jumped ahead of Arizona as states with large numbers of
undocumented immigrants, according to the report.
California, with an estimated 2.8 million undocumented immigrants,
has the largest number, followed by Texas, with 1.8 million, and
Florida, with 740,000. Illinois ranks fifth, with 550,000.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/
Note: agenda at work here. The whole legal immigration system is,
as seen first hand, flawed beyond belief. . The detention system
BTW, is for the illegal immigrants.
US Immigration Detention System is Flawed, Report Says
Published March 24, 2012
Fox News Latino
NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey's immigration detention center is
representative of the entire, deeply flawed system and offers proof
that federal reforms are falling short, immigration advocates said
Friday at a conference on the issue.
A report by a coalition of immigration rights groups and New York
University's law school focused on conditions at an immigration
detention facility in Essex County as emblematic of problems with
immigration detention system nationwide.
The report finds that despite the emphasis by President Barack
Obama's administration on reforming the civil detention system,
facilities like the one in Essex County fail to meet several national
detention standards for immigrants, issued in 2008 and 2011 by
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which cover everything from
access to attorneys to recreation and health care.
"We feel this is only the tip of the iceberg of what's occurring,"
said Alina Das, co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU's
law school, who worked on the report. "We're very concerned about the
conditions in New Jersey."
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In New Jersey, the report's authors said they received more than 200
detainee grievances from the newly expanded detention facility at the
Essex County Correctional Facility and nearby, privately operated
Delaney Hall. Arguing that the facilities do not fully comply with
ICE standards, the report documents problems with everything from
access to legal assistance and worship services to adequate health
care, food and other basic services for detainees.
The concern, Das said, is that federal immigration authorities have
touted the new agreement between ICE and Essex County to expand
detention bed space in the New York metropolitan area, as well as a
new facility opened this month in Karnes City, Texas, as more humane,
"Whatever Delaney Hall is, it's not a model detention facility," Das
ICE Spokesman Harold Ort said the agency has made "tremendous
strides" toward reforming the immigration detention system, including
the hiring of more than 40 detention services managers to increase
oversight at detention facilities and conduct inspections and regular
visits. The agency has also reduced the overall number of detention
facilities from 370 to 255 nationwide, Ort said, and is committed to
a closer working relationship with non-governmental groups to improve
detainee treatment, as well was efficiency and oversight at detention
Alfaro Ortiz, the director of the Essex County Correctional Facility,
disputed the report's findings and said it was part of an ongoing
campaign to discredit his facility. The county signed a new agreement
with ICE in 2011 to increase the number of immigration detainees in
the Essex jail and an adjoining privately run facility from about 500
Ortiz insists the Essex facilities provide safe, humane and decent
accommodations that provide closer access for detainees to family
members and immigration lawyers. The jail is accredited by the
National Commission for Correctional Health Care and has earned a 100
percent rating from the New Jersey Department of Corrections for the
past four years, Ortiz added.
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"We look forward to working with ICE to provide the detainees with
the best service possible," Ortiz said.
The conference on immigration detention, held at the Newark campus of
Rutgers University, focused on eliminating mandatory detention
Immigrant under mandatory detention are classified as civil and not
criminal detainees, and advocates have long argued that the majority
are low-risk individuals who do not need to be detained in order to
comply with deportation orders or court-related obligations.
Judy Rabinovitz, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union
Immigrants' Rights Project who spoke at Friday's conference, said
much of the huge expansion in immigrant detention facilities was
largely unnecessary, as the majority of immigrant detainees pose
neither a danger nor a flight risk.
"A fundamental shift is needed in how we look at detention, and to
see detention as a last resort," she said.
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/03/24/us-
Note: numbers from DHS, and suspect.
They live in the United States 11.5 million undocumented, Mexicans 59%
23 MARCH 2012 ·
MEXICO, DF (Approved). - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
reported that a total of 11.5 million undocumented migrants living in
the United States, Mexico tops the list with 6.8 million (59%).
Based on data from the Census Bureau, DHS said that figure, to
January 2011, had a slight decline on the 11.6 million the previous
Behind Mexico in the list of illegal immigrants are located in El
Salvador, with 660 thousand, Guatemala, with 520 thousand, Honduras,
with 380 thousand, and China, with 280 thousand.
According to DHS, the total of illegal immigrants living in the U.S.
in 2011, 55% were admitted between 1995 and 2004, while those who
entered the country since 2005 represented only 14%.
The state preferred by migrants who enter U.S. territory without
papers is California, with 2.8 million, followed by Texas with 1.8
million, Florida with 740 000, New York, with 630 thousand, and
Illinois, with 550 thousand.
In February last year, a Pew Hispanic Center report explained that
the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States remained
stable at just over 11 million at the time, of which eight million
had a job.
By March 2010, he said, 11.2 million immigrants living in the U.S.,
virtually unchanged from a year earlier, when they were 11.1 million.
The current trend, he said, came after the record 12 million illegal
immigrants registered in 2007, which marked the end of a gradual
increase since 1990, when the United States 3.5 million people living
According to the study released last year, the combination of a
decline in income of illegal immigrants to the U.S. and an increase
in deportations (nearly 780 thousand in the last two years) could
explain the trend.
Another cause could be the economic crisis and high unemployment in
the U.S., which discourages immigrants, said the report.
He added that the eight million illegal immigrants with jobs in
February 2011 represented 5.2% of the U.S. workforce, figures
remained relatively unchanged from 2008 (5.3%, 8.2 million) and 2009