From listening to media reports, you would get the impression that illegal immigration has all but stopped. While it is true that the flow of migration is off the peak from last decade, due to the terrible economy, but there are still hundreds of thousands who cross our border illegally every year. According to the Washington Times, that number has increased in 2012:
The Border Patrol made 356,873 arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2012, up from 327,577 in 2011, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press and confirmed by The Washington Times. Border Patrol officials estimate that apprehensions are a good proxy for illegal crossings, so when the numbers go up, it means that the flow of illegal immigrants is going up as well.
Last year’s increase marks a reversal. Apprehensions peaked in 2005 at 1.2 million and had been steadily dropping every year since as first President George W. Bush and then Mr. Obama committed more manpower and resources to the border.
This is why it is utterly insane to implement any amnesty of those already here until the flow of illegal immigration has stopped, along with the magnets that attract them here.