Undocumented Population Shows Signs Of Shrinking
Even in economically good years, a large number of undocumented immigrants leave. Many come with short-term goals of earning a set amount of money and then plan to return to their families when they do. But in most years, those leaving are more than replaced by new arrivals.
Last year I recall hearing from tea partiers that there are "30 million" undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Not only is that number a wild exaggeration, but even the anti-immigrant publicists at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) find it unsupportable, estimating that there are 10.8 million immigrants living here without authorization.
While it is important to understand the impact of the economy and enforcement on the inflow of undocumented immigrants, the core issue still remains: the decline in working conditions and wages caused by immigrant exploitation. To address this, we need immigration reform ensuring that all workers, regardless of their immigration status, are guaranteed equal labor rights.