It seems like quite some time since the debate over illegal immigrants flared up, with states saying they had no room for them and asking for more secure borders, as new reports are now showing that the amount of illegal immigrants entering the country every year has dropped.
One reason could be simply the increase in security over the years. One woman said that it was not hard at all for her to come to the United States back in 2002, crossing the border from Mexico. There was no one there to catch them or stop them. She moved her family to Baltimore, and she's living there to this day.
However, one of her relatives decided back in 2012 that he was going to come over and meet up with them, and he couldn't get across. Three times the U.S. Border Patrol caught him, and he even spent 50 days in jail. The woman said he had given up.
This is a trend that shows up across the board. In 2007, there were 12.2 million illegal immigrants in the United States, three times the number there were in 1990. However, between 2007 and 2015, the Pew Research Center found that the population has been declining, dropping by around 1 million people.
Since the United States has stepped up to stop illegal immigration, it's very important for people to understand exactly what they must do to successfully immigrate into the country in a legal fashion. It is also good to know how trying to immigrate illegally can impact one's ability to use legal methods in the future.
Source: The Washington Post, "Fewer immigrants are entering the U.S. illegally, and that’s changed the border security debate," Jerry Markon, May. 27, 2015