Good News—Legal Immigration Down in 2010. Bad News—It`s Still More Than A Million.

One of the real
scandals of


immigration policy
since the Great Recession

is that we continue to issue over a million
green cards—which

give work authorization—
a
year. Despite


15 million Americans

being


out of work

and millions more


under-employed
,
politicians in Washington refuse to even discuss this
fact.

The Department of
Homeland security just released its figures for Fiscal
Year 2010. (Fiscal Years begin in October of the
previous year and continue for the next 12 months). See
summary


here

(pdf.) and download detailed tables


here

(Excel).

The good news: the
numbers are down, slightly. The bad news: they are still
incredibly high.

In 2009, the U.S.
issued 1,130,818 million green cards. In 2010 the U.S.
issued 1,042,625 million green cards. Contrary to some


immigration enthusiast

propaganda, a high proportion of these are prime working
age (and, of course, others soon will be): In 2009,

808,478 green cards were
issued to immigrants aged 20-65. In 2010, we issued


746,607.


In my view, the mix of immigrants is also a slight
improvement.



Mexicans

made up 13.3% of all legal immigrants last year. While
still nearly twice as high of



any other country
,
that`s down from 14.6% in the previous year.



African immigration

also decreased significantly. In 2009, Africans made up
11.2% of new green cards, but their share went down to
9.7% last year.


However, at the same time, European immigration
dropped—from 9.3% in 2009 down to 8.5%.


The major increases came from



Asia
,
which was the only region with an absolute increase in
numbers—up to 422,063, or 40.5%, from 413,312 or 36.5%.


Many Americans view Asians as



more likely to assimilate in

terms of



culture
,
economic status, and educational achievement. And this
has generally been true, especially with



earnings and education
.


But from a cultural standpoint, Asians are unmistakably
beginning to



assimilate to liberalism,

the culture of victimhood, and ethnic politics. They
vote as heavily Democratic as Hispanics and are the only
racial group where



more self-identify

as liberal than conservative. The outrage over



Alexandra Wallace
`s
Politically Incorrect



video about Asians

in the



UCLA library

is an all-too frequent example of emerging Asian
victimhood.


I blame this more on Americans than on the Asians
themselves. They tend to



settle around white liberal areas
,
and they must notice how many



goodies other minorities receive

through



grievance politics
.
(See



Asians Put Foot In Racial Spoils Trough

by Jared Taylor.)


However, as



with all other groups,

it would probably benefit the Asians



already here
,
and America as a whole, to have a



time-out on immigration,

to help reverse these unfortunate trends.

Another minor bright
spot: family reunification visas, the main source of
unskilled chain migration, decreased from 47.4 % down to
45.7%.

But

Diversity Visas

increased from 47,879 to 49,763.


It is important to note that these legal immigrant
numbers do not include



temporary workers
—the
Department of Homeland Security has not issued those
statistics yet. These green card holders are given
immediate work authorizations to compete against
Americans in every job. Additionally, unless they



commit multiple felonies
—and
assuming our left wing immigration courts



do not make exceptions, which they often do
—they
are here for good and on the



path to citizenship.


 

It`s hard to say what
is the cause of the recent decrease. My best guess:
although the recession was worse in 2009 than 2010, many
immigrants were already committed to coming.

But minor decreases
driven by economic conditions do nothing to change the
overall trend of immigration. 1.04 million is still much
higher than the number who leave the country, which is
usually around a quarter of a million each year. Thus,
on net, American workers are still being dispossessed at
an astonishing pace. It`s just that this rate is 7.8%
less than last year.

This might be a silver
lining in the dark cloud—but it`s pretty tarnished
silver plate.

It`s also important to
note that, while the recession has affected immigrants,
it has been much worse for Americans. According to the
Pew Hispanic Center, which generally supports increased
immigration, from second quarter 2009 to second quarter
2010, 1.2 million native born Americans lost their jobs,
while 656,000 foreigners found jobs. [
After the Great Recession: Foreign Born
Gain Jobs; Native Born Lose Jobs
,
By Rakesh Kochar, Pew Hispanic Center, October 29,
2010.] Of course, VDARE.com`s Ed Rubenstein has been


monitoring

this displacement since


2004
.

Last month, this
study`s author,


Rakesh Kochhar of Pew
,
testified before Congress to report on the next two
quarters. He said:


“The updated results
show that the economic recovery is now offering more
widespread job opportunities for both native-born and
foreign-born workers. More specifically, in the one year
period from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth
quarter of 2010, foreign-born workers gained 657,000
jobs and native-born workers gained 685,000 jobs.”

[New Jobs in Recession and Recovery: Who
Are Getting Them and Who Are Not
,
March 10, 2011]

This is a minor
improvement. But given that foreigners make up one sixth
of the workforce—already the highest percentage since
the Great Wave in the beginning of the twentieth
century—the recent job growth is still drastically and
disproportionately benefitting foreigners.

The GOP is strongly
pushing


E-Verify

to prevent employers to stop hiring illegal aliens. Rep.
Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary where most
immigration legislation originates, has even started a


Reclaim American Jobs
caucus
that
focuses almost solely on


workplace enforcement
.

But cutting legal
immigration is an essential part to this Reclaiming Jobs
equation—ultimately


an even more important
part.

The slow economy,


marginal

increases in border security and


interior enforcement

towards the end of the Bush administration, and laws
like SB 1070 may have discouraged many illegal aliens
from crossing and even got some to go home. According to
private estimates—the no official estimate for 2010 has
yet been released—the illegal population has stabilized,
or even possibly decreased slightly. Of course there are
still at least 10 million-plus illegals who need to go
home, but unlike legal immigrants, their numbers are not
increasing by over a million a year.

The GOP approach to
illegal immigration has improved—but there has been a


great lack of
leadership

on


legal immigration.

Some Republicans (to
his credit, this includes Lamar Smith) are


calling for ending the
Diversity Lottery

and limiting family reunification to spouses and
immediate family. But


not one Congressman has
called for a moratorium

or even for cuts in the


employment visas
.

I don`t have all the
answers on how to try to fix this, but I think
ultimately we need more grassroots organizations to get
involved. Support the few groups like the


Social Contract Press
,

NumbersUSA
,
and of course


VDARE.com

that are calling for dramatic cuts in legal immigration.
At the same time, ask patriotic immigration reform
groups who are not focusing on it to shift their
priorities—and ask


conservative

and


Tea Party

organizations which


blithely ignore the
issue
to
wake up.

This battle will not be
won overnight. But it can be done.

"Washington Watcher" [email
him
] is an anonymous source Inside The
Beltway.