Reminder: Illegal Immigration Still a Crisis



In case you have forgotten, and our elected officials certainly have, illegal immigration still sits at a crisis level here in the United States. With over 11 million criminal aliens residing in the United States, the only time we discuss enforcing the law is when it’s part of a package with amnesty. With numbers like this, shouldn’t we start with a security first solution?

WASHINGTON (AP) — After dropping during the recession, the number of immigrants crossing the border illegally into the U.S. appears to be on the rise again.

The total number of immigrants living in this country unlawfully edged up from 11.3 million in 2009 to 11.7 million last year, with those from countries other than Mexico at an apparent all-time high, according to a report released Monday by Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project.

The change is within the margin of error for this survey, and there will be a more precise census measure released later this year. Still, based in part on other factors such as increased U.S. border apprehensions, the sharp decline in illegal immigration from 2007-2009 has clearly bottomed out, with signs the numbers are now rising, Pew said.

The crisis doesn’t only exist at the border and in states just across from Mexico. Significant illegal immigrant populations exist in Florida, Illinois and New York. We also have a visa crisis, with enforcement problems allowing many to overstay their legal welcome. How high must this number climb before politicians will get serious about demanding enforcement?