(AP) -- New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.
The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia.
Now what? Will Republicans go on a new irrational rampage, this time targeting Asians? But back to those pesky facts...
Demographers say illegal immigration is not expected to reach its mid-2000s peak again due to a weakened U.S. economy, tougher enforcement, and an aging Mexican population.
Tougher enforcement? From that French gay Kenyan Marxist weakling Obama? There must be some mistake!
But no, no mistake. Actually, about half of all states had lower numbers-- or no change at all-- of foreign-born Hispanics. This includes California, New York, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, the "big immigrant states" that usually see increases.
So to recap: The peak was during the Bush years, the drop came during Obama's time in office. Just sayin'.
And to all those white Americans who feel unreasonably threatened by the mere thought of becoming a minority themselves, you can postpone your angst:
The immigration shift may have an impact on the future racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S., pushing back official government estimates as to when whites will no longer be a majority in the country.
Boy howdy, did the conservative, paler-skinned among us just breathe a deep sigh of relief.
But of those who are already here and who voted, approximately 73 percent of Asian-Americans cast their ballot for President Obama, as did 93 percent of African-Americans and about 71 percent of Latinos.