Georgia’s illegal immigration count: 440,000 in 2011

Georgia’s illegal immigration population as of January 2011 stood at 440,000 souls, according to a just-issued U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last year, the DHS put Georgia’s “unauthorized immigrant population” — the agency’s term — at 460,000. Which would mean a decrease of 20,000, or 4 percent. Except that the agency now says the 2010 figure was off, and is not worthy of use. Presumably, that’s why the chart below doesn’t include anything from last year.

The nation as a whole has 11.5 million “unauthorized” immigrants, according to the annual estimate. That’s slightly lower than the 11.6 million judged to be in the country the previous year.

This latest report stays away from causation. And because the numbers are drawn from the U.S. census count, they don’t measure any impact from HB 87, the bill passed last spring by the Legislature giving law enforcement authorities greater responsibility for checking stopped individuals for proof of citizenship.

Here’s the chart:

2011immigrationchart

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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145 comments Add your comment

Jakey

March 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

Look like 220,000 to me. Am I misreading it?

Jakey

March 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

Take that back, misread the chart. Sorry!

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
1:57 pm

Good.

The legislation is obviously working. Too bad many of the ILLEGALS simply moved to other states – but then maybe they will learn to discourage it, too.

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
2:02 pm

Anyone notice that Georgia had the biggest jump of ILLEGAL influx in the 11 years – it DOUBLED?

Ric

March 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

This measure was taken in January 2011, before HB 87 was passed. Can’t credit HB 87 with this.

findog

March 23rd, 2012
2:18 pm

you want cheap: chicken, carpet, housing; you have to have cheap labor

tony

March 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

” HOT PLATE “

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
2:28 pm

HB 87 was being debated for a long time before it passed, and there were newspaper articles about how ILLEGALS saw the handwriting on the wall and started reacting accordingly. E-verify was optional and being used and the Kennesaw University case of an ILLEGAL facing deportation got a lot of attention. Georgia was one of the few states that reversed the trend. Enforcement and the fear of it was the reason.

Another Voice

March 23rd, 2012
2:32 pm

So that means 20,000 people less spending money into the economy and paying sales tax, property tax and yes those who were property owners had to let their houses go and contributed to GA moving to 4th in the nation in foreclosures. ALL negatives for the state economic picture…..if that is what they mean by HB 87 working!!!

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
2:32 pm

If you want higher taxes, deficits, debt, crime, classes held back by non/poor English speaking students in exchange for a little cheaper labor – move to a state that tolerates ILLEGAL immigration.

Senior Citizen Kane

March 23rd, 2012
2:37 pm

No, Voice, it means 20,000 fewer people sapping public services without paying their fair share of taxes.

Centrist

March 23rd, 2012
2:40 pm

Take a stroll into an emergency room, Social Security office, welfare office, Goodwill/Salvation Army, community health or other services center and notice the Latin ethnicity that is largely soaking up your tax dollars, increasing debt, and charity. They also use our roads (without liability insurance) and other infrastructure to a MUCH greater degree than paying sales tax from their unreported income.

Ernesto

March 23rd, 2012
2:43 pm

I wonder where’s the chart of how many legal immigrants workers have left the State since 2010… And even with all those immigrants leaving the state we still have over 9% unemployment rate…

Real Estate Guy

March 23rd, 2012
2:44 pm

The reason why many illegals have moved from GA is because of the loss of jobs in the home building and costruction industries. The tradesmen laborers picked up and moved to follow the jobs back to Texas. Unfortunately they left behind their girlfriends with their brand new downloaded American citizens and their other buddies, the drug dealers. So to sum up, the working men contributing to our economy have left and the moochers and criminals are the ones that have stayed.

God

March 23rd, 2012
2:48 pm

I don’t believe in these labels, illegal/legal, your all God’s children. No status, no borders. All human. Namaste!

elroy

March 23rd, 2012
2:49 pm

only a start. get them all out.

Jakey speaks without thinking.

March 23rd, 2012
2:53 pm

I don’t know if he/she/it is illegal or not, but we need people are who don’t make simplistic mistakes in this country.

DannyX

March 23rd, 2012
2:55 pm

Looks like “Centrist” @ 1:57 got caught in another lie.

Proud Latino-American worker

March 23rd, 2012
2:55 pm

Great news. Adios illegal aliens. As an immigrant, I think the goal should be to have and enforce immigration laws as strict as Mexico.

For the geniuses here who can only see lost income for shady employers, why don’t you just admit that you are cowards and would bend over for open borders if you could make a buck, not get called names and could let someone else live in the barrios these “victims” create. What most Georgians see here is success and proof that we must do more to guard OUR country. Most Hispanics don’t approve of illegal immigration, but the AJC will never make that a story.

Does anyone else note that Arizona’s illegal population zoomed downward too? Hmmm, maybe the law really does work?

Hooray for Georgia! VIVA!

bronco

March 23rd, 2012
2:59 pm

If they know how many there are, they must know where they are and they are illegal, why haven’t they addressed the situation.

DannyX

March 23rd, 2012
3:01 pm

“I don’t believe in these labels, illegal/legal, your all God’s children. No status, no borders. All human. Namaste!”

Hey God, is it true that Mary and Joseph were illegal immigrants?

Smelling good

March 23rd, 2012
3:03 pm

I wish the work and the amigos would come back. I am getting tired of this manual labor. Maybe congress could give the banks some more money then they could loan it to us???

Another Voice

March 23rd, 2012
3:06 pm

So many ignorant people posting here….undocumented workers CAN NOT collect SS, yet the SS administration collect about 7 Billion annually in unmatch contributions to the SS, so these people may be helping you grandma get they full benefits. You may complaint about them using healthcare and education but they also pay into the system, they do not collect unemployment, welfare, food stamps and other benefits exclusive to US citizens so it balances out. Yet the money spent into the economy thru the multiplier effect of every dollar spent does amount to economic growth or contraction. Where are ALL the georgians that DO NOT want to work the fields and is costing the state 250 Million a year in agricultural losses. Come on folks get a job in there fields… get off unemployment and food stamps!!!

Grandma

March 23rd, 2012
3:09 pm

Get real. We are not saying you are a legal/illegal PERSON…you are a legal/illegal IMMIGRANT. An illegal immigrant is breaking our laws right from the git-go, and we do NOT need more lawbreakers.

horse

March 23rd, 2012
3:10 pm

Can we get rid of the bigots next?

Hands Up

March 23rd, 2012
3:11 pm

You’re right. We don’t need no stinkin’ scofflaws. We have enough of our own to deal with without having to take other countries’ criminals. If you don’t like HB 87 or the fact that we don’t want you here, then you need to go back to your wonderful country that you left. Instead of leaving, why don’t you stay put, and work to make your own country BETTER?

Kat

March 23rd, 2012
3:17 pm

To the person saying they are God: God said Thou shalt not kill. The Illegal cartel and gang members don’t honor that commandment and neither do the the illegals driving with out a license and under the influence. Sorry that argument doesn’t work. obey the law and come in legally

God

March 23rd, 2012
3:21 pm

Kat,

Judge not, lest ye’ be judged.

God

March 23rd, 2012
3:23 pm

dannyX,

Yes, my son.

We need to triple the amount leaving!!!!

March 23rd, 2012
3:26 pm

We need to TRIPLE that amount leaving…..we need to make Georgia the Deportation Station Capital of the United States!!!! Put them on a train and ship them out to the Mexico Desert….we don’t want nor do we need them here clogging up our schools, emergency rooms, and eating up our tax dollars…..put them on the fastest mode of transportation out of our state as soon as possible.

Scratchin my head

March 23rd, 2012
3:28 pm

Why can’t people understand no means no and illegal means illegal. Even Gump can understand that. Is there anything negotiable in crimially crossing the border? Ask Turkey…N, Korea….Iran…Bhurma…Tailand…how the handle the negotiations.

Speaking of Ignorant

March 23rd, 2012
3:28 pm

“So many ignorant people posting here….undocumented workers CAN NOT collect SS, yet the SS administration collect about 7 Billion annually in unmatch contributions to the SS, so these people may be helping you grandma get they full benefits. You may complaint about them using healthcare and education but they also pay into the system, they do not collect unemployment, welfare, food stamps and other benefits exclusive to US citizens so it balances out. Yet the money spent into the economy thru the multiplier effect of every dollar spent does amount to economic growth or contraction. Where are ALL the georgians that DO NOT want to work the fields and is costing the state 250 Million a year in agricultural losses. Come on folks get a job in there fields… get off unemployment and food stamps!!!”

So Voice, you are OK with companies paying out unmatched SS contributions? And you also believe that the huge drain on our medical care/resources as well as straining our educational budgets to the breaking point is balanced out by them NOT taking welfare or other social programs? You do realize that those programs are funded by our tax dollars, right? Dollars that they do NOT pay into???

I think you’ve helped clear up who is really ignorant here…

Another Voice

March 23rd, 2012
3:28 pm

Yeah Law breaks you say….. Immigration violations are a misdemeanor much like a speeding ticket. So if that is the case we re all a bunch of law breakers who has not gotten a speeding ticket…you bunch of criminals!!!

PTC Bernie

March 23rd, 2012
3:29 pm

police need to be able to enforce immigration law too. Since when do we pick and choose which laws the police enforce. That’s for the judiciary.
B

Rick in Grayson

March 23rd, 2012
3:30 pm

Another Voice: I am quite sure that you know how adult illegal aliens collect SS payments! If you don’t, think about their children that are “citizens” (this should go to the Supreme Court, the 14th amendment was never intended for this purpose, it was intended to provide US citizenship to slaves and their children).

The vast majority of illegal aliens do not pay into SS or unemployment. These workers participate in the underground economy and work on a cash basis. Those that do have their income reported to the IRS run up the number of dependents claimed so they don’t pay much in federal income tax…and those that do usually get money back from the US government as earned income credits. Their is a bill somewhere in Congress that wanted to stop these types of income tax refunds to those who file with tax id numbers (not SS numbers).

These illegal workers are the ones that are taking jobs that should be done by US workers. Those US citizens who don’t find jobs because of illegal workers only increase the use of the unemployment system. That costs all of us $$$!

The children of illegal aliens are attending K-12 at the expense of local taxpayers. That costs all of us $$$$$$! How does a family of four headed by an illegal alien come anywhere close to paying for K-12 educations? 2 children X $10,000/year = $20,000/year for these children!

Employers of illegal aliens have their labor costs subsidized by local taxpayers. The illegal aliens should be fined and deported for taking jobs from US citizens (they are illegal workers) and the employers should be fined and sent to prison for employing illegal workers.

My wife had a heart condition a couple of years ago and I remember waiting in line at Emory behind 12-14 Hispanics (who didn’t speak English) who were getting free medical care. Yes, a couple of them might have been citizens and/or had insurance, but it would be less than 25% of them. Most of them treating a hospital ER as their “doc-in-the-box”. US citizens get hounded by collectors for unpaid medical bills, the illegal aliens get free care without any strings attached.

Another Voice

March 23rd, 2012
3:31 pm

People complaint about being Oil dependent, now we are heading for food dependency because US citizens will not work the fields and are offended when other come to earn an honest dollar for an honest day of work…GET REAL!!!

Ric

March 23rd, 2012
3:33 pm

Suddenly everybody’s an expert

Another Voice

March 23rd, 2012
3:34 pm

Undocumented workers do pay SS taxes they are taken out of their paychecks even as they work with a fake SS. The SS administration is sitting on $100 bilion dollar unmatch contributions and growing by 7-8 billion a year… get the facts!!! And thank them for prolonging the life of the program as much of these workers are young and will pay for many years without a chance of ever getting anything, talk about taxation w/o representation, now where did I hear that before….

Me

March 23rd, 2012
3:35 pm

OMG! If they all leave who will put down the pine straw!

God

March 23rd, 2012
3:36 pm

Once you deport my brown people, prepare for your one-way ticket to…..

Rick in Grayson

March 23rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Another Voice: Like I stated earlier, many illegal workers are independent contractors and get paid in CASH! Those that employ them do not pay SS taxes on them. That would be the responsibility of the illegal workers since they are not EMPLOYEES.

Saul

March 23rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Neighborhood watch is the new Klan in Florida.

Realist

March 23rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Exactly how did they get these figures? I question ANY figures
coming from our Fed. Government especially Homeland Insecurity!
Did they walk up to illegals and ask them if they were illegal?
I got lost briefly in Rome, GA a few years ago and pulled into a gas station for
directions and could not find one person who spoke ENGLISH!! I suspect
we have at least three times as many illegals living in the USA as the
Government reports!!

Rick in Grayson

March 23rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Another Voice: those illegal workers that are paying into SS…they are known as…IDENTITY thieves. They have stolen the identities of US citizens to obtain jobs for which they eligible for.

What is the cost for the US citizens who have had their identities stolen by illegal aliens?

Another Voice

March 23rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Yes some get paid cash ,other do not….Restaurant Workers, food plant workers, carpet mill workers, these folks are in MANY industries…. where CASH is not king, so they get a paycheck and get taxes taken out like everyone else. Some own cars or houses and pay property taxes like everyone else. They buy things and pay sales taxes like the rest of us….. Some us Tax ID Numbers and pay Income taxes…. So if they use education and healthcare is because they are human and many of their children are US citizens anyway they have the right to an education….

Rick in Grayson

March 23rd, 2012
3:46 pm

Realist: You are correct! The US government (especially Obama) does not want to know the REAL numbers. That would only inflame the anger of US citizens picking up the tab for these illegals.

Why do they want to stop Alabama from counting the number of illegal aliens (or their parents) attending Alabama schools? Counting them does not stop them from obtaining the Supreme Court ordered “education”. They don’t want US citizens to know the TRUTH, because we wouldn’t be able to handle the TRUTH. The cost of illegal immigration to the US taxpayers, those taxpayers that are providing a safety net to the poor and uneducated of other nations!

Michael Sims

March 23rd, 2012
3:46 pm

I have several Illegal friends. One thing that strikes me odd. One in particular uses someone else Social Security Number to work. How did that happen? I have two others that work for a major restaurant chain. The Managers know they are illegal. Again, how that happen? Granted these guys love their jobs, they work hard, and believe me their low income jobs is much better than where they came from, but somehow the paperwork gets bypassed. It’s a complicated situation for everyone.

Another Voice

March 23rd, 2012
3:46 pm

You can try to criminalize, demonize and de -humanize these folks to excuse what WE ALL know this is pure racism. These same arguments were used against Italian, Irish, Polish immigrants in the past and some against African Americans….so what’s new we live in GA and we do not care to learn our lesson in racism. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck then it must be a duck!!!

Neighborhood Watch Needs to Come to Georgia

March 23rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Maybe we can invite some of those Florida Neighborhood Watch people to come to Georgia and WATCH some of these ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!! Right on out of our state!

Rick in Grayson

March 23rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Voice: What do you want to say to all those Americans that have had their identities stolen and the lives turned upside down. Those that couldn’t get mortgages because their identities/credit have been stolen.