Back in 2005, during the last border scare, Theo asked where the flood of illegal immigrants was to justify the calls for the restriction of our rights. There was no flood. Illegal immigration was actually ebbing at the time:
2003 was the last year of available data. Now data is available through 2008:
You’re reading the graph right: the number of illegal aliens found by the Border Patrol and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in 2008 was actually the lowest number in the last 30 years, and it’s not because there are fewer, more poorly equipped Border Patrol and ICE agents out there to catch ‘em. No, the Border Patrol budget has gone up and up and up.
There are fewer, not more, illegal immigrants in the United States than before. This is why claims that “we’ve got to do something to face this crisis” don’t and won’t convince me that we’ve got to strip people of their constitutional rights and whip up a police state. The data didn’t demonstrate a crisis five years ago, and they don’t demonstrate a crisis today.