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  • 12 million: The estimated number of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • $1.5 trillion: The estimated increase in gross domestic product projected over 10 years as a result of comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization of undocumented workers and provides for the future flow of legal workers.
  • $2.6 trillion: the amount in GDP projected lost over ten years as a result of a deportation-only policy.
  • 93.3%: Increase in budget from 2002-2008 for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Enforcement: from $7.5 billion in 2002 to $14.5 billion in 2008
  • 1,200%: Increase in deportations 1990 – 2008 (from 30,000/year to 360,000/year).
  • 3.5 million: Increase in population of unauthorized immigrants, 2000-2008, at a time of increasing enforcement; exposes the fault lines in the argument that beefed-up enforcement is the solution to our immigration problems.
  • $18,302: The current estimated cost of deportation per person deported.
  • 387,790: Number of deportations in FY2009, the first year of the Obama administration-- a record high, an increase over Bush’s numbers, more than a thousand a day
  • 393,862 : Number of deportations in FY2010
  • 790,000: Number of deportations in the last two years -- a record high, more than a thousand a day.
  • 30: The number of years it would take to deport 12 million undocumented immigrants at the current rate of 1,100 a day.
  • 30 and 574: The number of states and local jurisdictions, respectively, that have signed on to “Secure Communities,” which involves local law enforcement officers in immigration enforcement; the Department of Homeland Security contends that Secure Communities targets criminals.
  • 79: The percent of individuals deported as a result of Secure Communities who do not have a criminal record or have only low-level offenses such as traffic violations.
  • Five: The number of years it takes a legal permanent resident to bring his/her child over.
  • 2010: The year the visa comes through for a person from the Philippines sponsored for a green card in 1987 by his US citizen sibling.
  • 85: The percent of immigrant households that are mixed status (citizen and noncitizen living together); meaning the undocumented can't be extracted wholesale, they are part of our communities.
  • 1070: The Arizona bill # signed into law by Governor Brewer, which more or less declares open season on undocumented immigrants. And legal immigrants. And anyone who looks like an immigrant. Or sounds like an immigrant.
  • 1500: The number of state anti-immigrant ordinances passed in 2007, when Congress failed to pass immigration reform legislation. Is this what we can expect if Congress and the White House keep pushing this off—a multitude of Arizonas?

 

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