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After more than a decade of increases, there is now a "clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration"


Blame Obama:

(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.

Let the pandering resume.


Cartoon of the Day- Them vs Us




Redrawing of Wisconsin legislative maps results in voters showing up (on the computer map) in... Africa


Primaries in Wisconsin are being held on Feb. 21, which obviously means any redistricting glitches will have to be cleaned up by then. And by glitches, I mean major errors. And by major errors, I mean redistricting maps that show Wisconsin voters residing in districts in-- wait for it-- Africa.

Thousands of voters are affected by various, er, re-locations, due to inaccuracies in data from the U.S. Census Bureau and also the way voters are being assigned to districts by the state.

Via JSOnline:

Madison - Clerks in the state are scrambling to assign voters to the right districts after last summer's redrawing of legislative maps, with changes to the process putting voters in incorrect locations across town or even across the Atlantic Ocean.

The problems could add to the confusion for voters who may already be affected by the redistricting law approved by legislators last summer. [...]

"We're not only changing and moving districts, we're changing the system beneath it," said Julie Glancey, the Sheboygan County clerk. "We had many, many voters who showed up (on the computer map) on the coast of Africa and we had to drag them back to the state of Wisconsin and put them where they belonged."

Just what we need, more voter confusion, leading to fewer able to cast a ballot. Voter suppression is already, at least potentially, taking a toll.

But on a lighter note, move over, President Obama, we're all Kenyans now... even some of the fools who challenged your citizenship.


Births, not new immigrants, push US Latino growth


You realize how tasty this is, right? One of the biggest things they rally for ("family values") maybe the real impetuous of one of the biggest things they are afraid of (fear of a "brown" country). Gotta love it.

Associated Press WASHINGTON -- With immigration slowing, babies born in the U.S. rather than newly arrived Mexican immigrants are now driving most of the fast growth in the Latino population.

A new analysis of census data highlights a turning point in Hispanics' rapid U.S. growth. Demographers point to the potential for broader political impact as U.S.-born Mexican-Americans widen their numbers over non-citizen, foreign-born counterparts, who wield no voting rights.

"As these young Latinos age, they will enter public schools, participate in the nation's economy as workers and consumers, and enter the growing pool of Hispanic eligible voters," said Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, who co-authored the study released Thursday.


Currently, the median age of Mexican-Americans is 25, compared to 30 for other Hispanic subgroups, 32 for blacks and 41 for whites. Mexican-American women typically will have given birth to 2.5 children by their mid-40s, higher than for other groups.

Meanwhile, immigration from Mexico has fallen off in recent years, dropping by 60 percent since 2006 after a souring U.S. economy and stepped-up border enforcement made it harder and less desirable for undocumented workers to enter the country. As a result, the number of new immigrants from Mexico declined over the last decade to 4.2 million, from 4.7 million in 1990-2000.


Hispanics outnumber blacks in majority of U.S. metropolitan areas, Census shows


I hope the DNC is paying attention

New Census figures show that Hispanics outnumber blacks for the first time in most U.S. metropolitan areas.

Hispanics became the largest minority group in 191 of 366 metro areas last year. Their population was lifted as blacks left many economically hard-hit cities in the North for the South and new Latino immigrants spread to different parts of the country. That number is up from 159 metro areas in 2000, when Hispanics were most commonly found in southwestern border states.

The new areas for Hispanics include Chicago, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The numbers from the 2010 count are having a big effect in many states, where political maps are being redrawn based on population size and racial makeup.


Census: Big gains for U.S. minorities.


Jan Brewer and Sharron Angle better get their Papers Please and Creepy Illegal Thugs campaigns in gear again, because the Hispanics are coming! The Hispanics are coming!

Via the Washington Times:

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. racial minorities accounted for roughly 85 percent of the nation's population growth over the past decade — one of the largest shares ever — with Hispanics accounting for much of the gain in many of the states picking up new House seats. [...]

Four of the eight states gaining House seats owe roughly half or more of their population gains over the past decade to Hispanics. They include Texas, which picks up four seats; Florida, which will add two seats; and Arizona and Nevada, picking up one seat apiece.

Seems the GOP should be thanking the very people about whom they've been fear-mongering.

Feh. Never mind. Nothing will stop 'em.

In all, non-Hispanic whites make up roughly 65 percent of the U.S. population, down from 69 percent in 2000. Hispanics had a 16 percent share, compared with 13 percent a decade ago. Blacks represent about 12 percent and Asians roughly 5 percent. Multiracial Americans and other groups made up the remaining 2 percent.

Ruh roh! You know what that means, right, conservatives? Be afraid! The not-white people are coming for you! They're taking over the whole country! The whole world! The whole universe!

William H. Frey, a demographer at Brookings Institution who analyzed the census data, explains that Hispanics, Asians and other minority populations will keep on growing, that "this is just the tip of the iceberg."

For the under-18 population — potential voters in the not-too-distant future — minorities accounted for virtually all the growth in most U.S. states."

And if that doesn't drive future right wing talking points, nothing will.


More Hispanic voters in states adding seats


Remember all the maumauing over how the "red states" were picking up congressional seats and it would doom Democrats? Well, here's the upside to that for the D's.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- States set to gain congressional representatives have larger Hispanic populations than other states, the Pew Hispanic Center said Wednesday.

The center analyzed 2010 Census data. Researchers found the percentage of eligible voters that are Hispanic in states gaining seats is 15.2 percent. Those states that are losing seats or remaining flat average 5.4 percent.

Since 2000, almost 6 million Hispanics have become eligible to vote with the total now at 20.1 million. Most of the new potential voters were born in the United States and have turned 18.