A Reader Who Thought We Had Closed Questions Pew's Statistics
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From: Dave Levine [Email him]

Re: James Fulford’s article Pew Declares “Victory” Over Illegal Immigration—Does That Mean Illegals Are Going Home?

I thought VDARE.com had shut down! I read a statement on your front page a few weeks back saying it was down and had no money to stay afloat.[VDARE.com note: We find closinging temporarily is the only way to raise money—and we still haven’t reached our goal—please help!]

Anyway, it's great to see it back upand a nice piece by James Fulford on Barone and the lefty Pew.

What I don't see is any proof of what they're stating—that millions of Mexican illegals are returning to Drug Cartel-controlled Mexico. I believe it's all "anecdotal evidence", not factual, conclusive proof.

By the way, the MSM says illegal entries are way down and illegals are self-deporting which I believe are lies but one thing IS for sure—listeners to my online only law-and-order talk show on BTR is up over 100% in the past month.

Since I talk about illegal immigration most of the time on the Show, that must mean that the increase in listenership is due to the problem here in the U.S. with illegal immigration actually having gotten worse!

You can listen to the Dave Levine show here.

James Fulford  writes: Actually, we’ve had anecdotal evidence for some time, which is why Mickey Kaus says “Maybe this is just an illustration of the rule that ‘the academics are always the last to know.’”, but what Pew is reporting is actual “social science research” which is much more respectable.

When Jeffrey Passel, D’Vera Cohn and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera   write in Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less that immigration has reached equilibrium, they’re not just seeing smaller crowds in front of Home Depot, they’re using official reports like this:

“The 2010 Mexican census tallied nearly 1.4 million people—the vast majority of them Mexican adults—who had moved from the U.S. to Mexico between 2005 and 2010. (This combines answers to both questions.) That is nearly double the 667,000 people who had moved to Mexico from the U.S. from 1995 to 2000, according to 2000 Mexican census numbers analyzed by the Pew Hispanic Center.”

Not that there’s anything wrong with anecdotal reports—the plural of anecdotal is data. As for Pew, they're not entirely trustworthy, but they do have a point here. It the conclusions that people draw from it that are wrong.

The conclusion is that not that the problem has gone away, but that border enforcement and self-deportation work.

That's why we're here, so I'll repeat what we say above about please give money!

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