The Curious Case of Declining Illegal Immigration

crowd_photo_rotator_700x466This month we’ve been treated to several stories that suggest the illegal immigration problem is self-correcting.  Most recently, a Center for Migration report (not to be confused with the always-accurate Center for Immigration Studies) that found the size of the illegal alien population is declining to a mere 10 million.

Conclusion?  The public is worried about nothing.  We hear phrases like “harsh rhetoric” and “anti-immigrant fear mongering.”  But, they say, it’s all baseless.

It’s a recurring tactic, and all reformers should be aware of this.  Every time public concern over immigration reaches a peak, a series of studies magically appear that claim the people’s fears are misplaced because the problem is solving itself.

The most notorious example of this was the Testimony of then-Commissioner Doris Meissner, who deceitfully went before a Senate committee to claim that legal immigration was declining in an effort to torpedo recommendations of the Jordan Commission to eliminate chain migration.

Putting aside any huge methodological questions in these studies, and putting aside the fact that the Obama Administration has hopelessly blurred the line between who’s here legally and who is not, there’s a lesson to be learned when we read and hear these sorts of pronouncements:

Don’t believe them.