Immigration Isn't an Uncontrollable Force of Nature After All

New pre-COVID data shows policy choices caused immigration numbers to drop even as the economy sped up.

By Mark Krikorian on October 27, 2020

If you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.

— Rick Perry

New data from the Census Bureau shows that during the first two years of President Trump's administration, a time of rapid job growth and historically low unemployment, immigration went down.

How is that possible? As the quote above suggests, we've been told for years, both by Democrats and Republicans, that immigration is an unstoppable natural force, like the tides or continental drift.

That turns out to have been malarkey.

A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that from 2017 to 2019, the growth in the immigrant population slowed dramatically. This was the result of a combination of fewer new people coming and more who were already here (many of them illegal) going home.

[Read the rest at American Greatness.]