Monday, October 11, 2010

Census shows illegal immigrant numbers down

Even though illegal immigration is a hot issue this election season, the number of illegal residents has actually declined, probably because of the economy. - - Donna Poisl

By James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer

In California and across the country, illegal immigration has become a bigger issue this year than in any election year in recent memory.

Yet some experts say - and the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau seem to show - that in California and San Bernardino County, illegal immigration is a shrinking problem, not a growing one.

Census Bureau estimates released this week show fewer noncitizens lived in the county and the state in 2009 than in any year since 2003. The bureau does not differentiate between illegal immigrants and other noncitizens.
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