With the economic recovery adding to the types of jobs traditionally taken by illegal immigrants, like construction, the Pew Hispanic Center says the rush has resumed as illegal immigrants are flocking into Texas, 1200 WOAI news reprots.
A new report says there are 1.75 million illegal immigrants living in Texas.
New estimates released by the Center indicate that despite record numbers of deportations between 2009 and 2012, the number of people living in the U.S. illegally did not decline during that period, and reprots from Border Patrol crossings in the Southwest indicate that 2012 saw a resurgence of illegals flowing into the U.S., especially into Texas.
"All of the other states peaked in 2007 and showed a decline afterwards," study author Jeff Passel told 1200 WOAI news. "Only Texas showed no peak value."
Pew says the number of illegal immigrants in the United States grew from 3.5 million in 1990 to a peak of 12.2 million in 2007. But as the recession dried up jobs in construction and other fields, the number leveled off and fell in the depths of the recession to 11.3 million.
Passel says those numbers have now begun to pick up again, and he sees no indication that 'current enforcement practices' have had any impact in reducing the numbers.
He says Texas, which did not see a recession nearly as deep as most other Southwestern States, especially Arizona and California, has seen a steady increase in illegal immigrants throughout the recession.
"It had a steady upward trend in the number of unauthorized immigrants living in the state, reaching a number of 1.7 million by 2012," he said.
Passel says immigration patterns are favoring Texas more than Arizona, which for twenty years until 2009 was the leading state in the U.S. for illegal immigrant entry, due to its remote border. Passel says that is because Texas continues to have a strong economy, which is attracting people from other countries as well as individuals from other states.
"What we've seen historically is that there is a relationship between trends in the unauthorized population, and the state of the economy," he said.
The Pew report says while unauthorized immigration from Mexico appears to have leveled off, largely due to the booming Mexican economy rather than any enforcement measures in the United States, immigration is growing from other Latin American countries, mainly those where the economy is being mismanaged by Leftist dictators, like Peru and Venezuela.