More illegal than legal immigrants entering US every year

Washington Times:

Illegal immigration into the United States regularly outstrips legal permanent immigration and showed a dramatic increase from 2003 to 2004, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
The annual number of legal and illegal immigrants and legal temporary visitors peaked at about 1.5 million in 2000, dropped to 1.1 million in 2003 and has rebounded slightly since, said the authors of the report, which studied immigration trends in the past 13 years.
Illegal immigration topped legal immigration in four of the past 10 years. And much of the 2004 rebound in immigration can be attributed to the number of new illegal aliens -- 110,000 more than in 2003, the report said.
Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said the high percentage of illegal aliens shows that the immigration system is broken.
"To reverse that trend, immigration reform must be comprehensive and address both enforcement and improved avenues for legal immigration," he said.

Cornyn is right. One of the things that should be considered is increasing the number of slots for legal immigrants significantly. Clearly both the supply and demand side of the immigration equation is higher than the legal limit. By increasing the legal limit, we get control of the immigrant population and make it easier to stop the illegal immigrants.


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