Thursday/ no amnesty, no citizenship

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday, acting (gasp!) almost presidential during the whole affair.  Alas, the much anticipated speech he then gave on Wednesday at a campaign stop in Phoenix, Arizona, erased once and for all, any hope that he might strike a conciliatory tone regarding his views and proposed policies on how to deal with illegal immigration. (One of his statements has him deport an estimated 5-7 million immigrants in the first hour of his presidency).

The Pew Research Center says in a new national survey, conducted August 9-16 among 2,010 adults, that a large majority (76%) of respondents says that undocumented immigrants are as hard-working and honest as U.S. citizens, while 67% say they are no more likely than citizens to commit serious crimes. The survey also finds continued public opposition to building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border: 61% oppose this proposal, which is little changed from earlier this year.

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These numbers are a little old, but I think we’re still in the 11 million range as far as illegal immigrants go. The graph does show the rapid increase in the absolute number of illegal immigrants since 1990, though.   From 1990 to 2007, the unauthorized immigrant population increased from 3.5 million to 12.2 million, growth of about 250% or an average of more than 500,000 people a year.

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