Homeland Security: Number Of Illegal Immigrants In U.S. Fell

The Homeland Security Department estimates the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. fell about 7 percent to 10.8 million in January 2009.

The drop is the second in two years. The population rose to 11.8 million in January 2007. It fell to 11.6 million in January 2008.

The government says about two-thirds of the illegal immigrants who were in the country in 2009 entered the U.S. before the year 2000. About the same share were from Mexico.

The Homeland Security Department noted that the decline has coincided with the economic downturn in the U.S.

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  • by concern Location: k-town on Feb 12, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    its unbeliabable how foolish some people can be, talking about inmigrants, when everyone in here is an inmigrant this land belong to the native americans, from which some people from other places come to take it by murdering,fooling,people, inmigrants are coming to work hard and have to put up with all this racism,they pay their taxes as much as any americans, but never collect them at the end of the year have you thought to where is all this money going,many have bussineses and claim they have expenses they dont have, criminals are all over not just into the latino community, have you seen the welfare or ss offices, and the jails if a latino comits a crime every one is all over it, but if a white male or other race does it, he did it on self defense, come on be realistic not stupid, open your eyes and stop pointing you fingers out, when there might even be a criminal in your own home, people is just so lame trying to blame someone else always not taking responsabilities oftheir acts
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    I have a few hispanic US citizen friends and they're all Christian hispanic people. Ones that go to church and show admiration & responsibility towards God & their community. It's the illegal immigrants which have no morals evading the law and breaking laws such as selling or trafficking drugs, stealing merchandise and trashing up our country because they have no sense of responsibility or respect for our economy & US citizens. Those are the 10-20 million that I want departed asap!!!!!!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Feb 11, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    Duh! It does't take a rocket scientist to realize that with unemployment at 10% and no new jobs available they will stay out of this country. Besides if they know who many are here by not round them up and deport them.
  • by Marco Location: Morehead City on Feb 11, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    I have a problem with all the dilema over the illegals. We have some honest hard workers that do more for our country then most {citizens}. If some of the lazy americans would be made to work we would not have as many. We can provide all these jobs because we as americans are to good for these jobs. I do agree that all races should have to work instead os sitting home collecting benefits. I wish people could see both sides of the story. For some odd reason criminals are the only hispanics mentioned in our news programs. I beleive we can keep better track of our residents by making an amnesty but require through background checks in our country. We do not need criminals. we need hard working families.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    10.8 million!!!!! what a crock of @#$% %&*$!!!! too many estimates around the country state at least 15-25 million immigrants are illegal out of 35-40 million immigrants which flooded over our border when during the Clinton presidency in the 90's. This is another lie from the Obonga camp. Most Americans see past lies like this. Obonga, the Chief liar along with his lying gargoils tell lies like no other administration has ever done. They have many deceived including Lavon & Databoy. In these unstable times, America needs an administration that is honest, fair and will minister to the needs of her citizens for now. Wait till the census estimates are here. You hopefully see a different picture relating to how many immigrants are living in the US. Unless Obonga has that rigged like he did with ACORN.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    Its amazing that they came up with a number....yet, they are responsible for deporting illegals? Sounds to me like they are not doing their job. You only have 10.8 million left, now get out there....
  • by kelly Location: wilson on Feb 10, 2010 at 04:34 AM
    i guess it did fall they are already over here and are probably citizens now after they have already started a family.
  • by NATHAN B FOREST Location: GREENVILLE on Feb 10, 2010 at 03:35 AM
    Ahhhh,the LIBERAL media,only so when it works for you.The media above all others should honor and RESPECT the 1st ammendment of Freedom Of Speech.please tell me what gives you the right of being on such a higher plane to censure my post.Trust me I am not the exception but the rule.There are millions of people just like me out there.Come on folks this is eastern NC.I'll bet YOU aren't from here?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM
    Actually, all you have to do to see an illegal immigrant is to look in the mirror. We all came over and took land that belonged to someone else.
  • by Bubba Location: Dixie County, F.L. on Feb 9, 2010 at 09:17 PM
    Why do we have illegal immigrants living in North Carolina. Why because they work. Sorry this is Black Month?
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