According to information released by the Pew Institute, and reported in the DC Examiner, both Virginia and Maryland have some of the largest illegal immigration populations in the nation. DC has a fairly low population but a very large work force.

The entire article is worth a read.

Virginia and Maryland house among the highest populations of illegal immigrants in the country, according to a study released Tuesday.
Virginia ranked 10th in the nation with about 300,000 illegal immigrants, while Maryland placed 11th with 250,000, according to the study from the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization that chronicles the Hispanic population’s effect on the nation. California had the largest population, with 2.7 million illegal immigrants.

While the District of Columbia ranked 41st in population, it came in seventh for the share of illegal immigrants in its work force, the Pew study said.

The population of illegal immigrants in the area has grown significantly over the past few decades, said Pew senior demographer Jeffrey Passel, one of the authors of “A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States.”

“We’ve been the destination of immigrants for decades, both legal and illegal,” he said.

A major finding of the report was that a growing share of the children of unauthorized immigrant parents — 73 percent — were born in the United States and are U.S. citizens. The study did not break down the birthrates by state.

The number of U.S.-born children with illegal immigrant parents has expanded rapidly in recent years, to 4 million in 2008 from 2.7million in 2003. By contrast, the number of children who are unauthorized immigrants themselves — 1.5 million in 2008 — has remained relatively constant since 2003, the report said.

The trend indicates that more unauthorized immigrants are settling in and developing increased ties to the United States, said Randy Capps, demographer and senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank that evaluates the migration of people worldwide.

While the boom of undocumented immigrants seen in the 1990s has tapered in recent years, Passel said it’s difficult to parse the cause of the slowdown, noting there are 13 statistics the center uses to track data from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s.

“There’s a pretty strong relationship between undocumented inflow and the state of the economy, specifically unemployment,” he said.

He said the combination of the poor economy and stepped-up immigration enforcement efforts were two of the factors that have contributed to the leveling off of the population growth.

It would be of interest to know how the information was gathered about status. What are the 13 indicators used in tracking? How reliable is the information? Will we see a more of shift in population because of the economy? How do DC hiring practices affect Maryland and Virginia as far as population?

UPDATE from the Washington Post that adds a little more information:

We usually see the young male day laborers on street corners. But only a fourth of undocumented immigrants are men who are here by themselves without spouses or children. This is a population that is largely made up of young families.”

Passel added that this “complicates greatly the difficulty of coming up with policies to deal with this population. . . . While we may be able to fit people into boxes of ‘undocumented,’ ‘legal,’ ‘legal temporary,’ and ‘U.S. citizens,’ it’s not so easy to fit families into that same set of little boxes.”

The study’s findings also point to the continued geographic dispersal of illegal immigrants since 1990 across southeastern states with little prior history of immigration.

Although longtime magnets such as Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas retained their appeal — and California continues to house the largest number of unauthorized immigrants — growth there has slowed compared with such states as Georgia and North Carolina. Similarly, in Virginia, which ranks 10th in number of illegal immigrants, the unauthorized population quintupled since 1990 to 300,000 and accounts for 4 percent of residents and 5.1 percent of workers.

65 Thoughts to “Va., Md. Rank High in Illegal Immigrant Population”

  1. It may have been a mistake to use Lyn as an example, whoever did…you her an audience and a link to her blog. I found this at the end of the first post there:

    “Note: This is a disclaimer free blog. If you are White and choose to act against blacks in any way then I absolutely will not discourage you. Good luck and success to you.”

    This person is obviously racist (and you all know that I hate using that term…but no other is accurate in this case), and not deserving of a forum. Plus, it would appear that her one comment has taken over this entire thread. Just something to think about.

  2. Moon-howler

    I honestly don’t think that Chris Dodd is a pro illegal alien type person. Now talk about someone who is being made into a scape goat. The conservatives are having a hayday with him. Very little is based on fact.

  3. Correction: you HAVE GIVEN her an audience and PROVIDED a link to her blog.

  4. michael

    Firedancer I would hardly call such beliefs “hatred”. What I am advocating for is more “patriotism” and support for a democratic nation of “individuals”, and less support for “segregation”, social ethnic group classes, and marxist socialism.



    I agree…that comment you cited was the one that stuck in my mind. Ugh. What a disgusting individual. I was too dumb to realize if I clicked on “her” name that I would be taken to a white supremicist site. Thanks for the poster above that pointed it out…or maybe I don’t really thank you, but you know what I mean!

  6. michael

    A racist by definition is any person who believes it is OK to support politics, laws, privileges, prejudices and discrimmination of one race, gender, religion or ethnicity over another and to advantage one race over another using group-oriented political power.

    When I see people support one race, gender, ethnicity or religion over another, I call them what they are, minority or majority “racists”. The word is used by its definition when the behavior observed fits it.

    I don’t care if you see it used too much, the word describes what people do, whenever they do it, as often as they do it. Oh, I forgot… when you don’t agree with someone who won’t be politically correct and “roll-over” most of the people on this blog treat them badly and call what they are saying “hateful” when it is not.

  7. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    Moon-howler :
    Slowpoke, I think we have similar academic backgrounds. We are both of a blog or 2. Should either of us be worried? I think when I did my abnormal psych studies though, dopamine wasn’t a big issue. Might not have even discovered it then.

    Oh, it’s shockingly recent that Mental Health treatment in this country has been past the “strap them up to a big battery” level. I get a little sad when I think about the fact that the prison system has been stuck with mental health patients these days. There, y’all want a “man’s cruelty to man” cause? How about mental health….for American citizens!!! Our veterans go fight wars, come back with often serious mental health conditions, and wind up in the penal system, where they don’t get the help they need.

  8. You Wish

    AWC and TWINAD are correct – she’s looking for attention. Her blog is worthless and something to be ashamed of.

    SP and MH – did either of you have to take psycho-pharmocology? Best class I ever took in grad school. That along with the class where we studied every disorder in the DSM-III. We would spend hours trying to diagnose each other.

  9. Moon-howler

    Slow, I agree. The mental health treatment in this country is sad but probably no worse than other countries. We can put a man on the moon but we don’t really know how a person learns to read. That should tell us something. I understand that electroshock therapy is still done.

    As far as returning military, no argument here. Look at how the ‘shell shocked’ were treated after both of the world wars. My husband had an uncle who was fairly dysfunctional after serving under Patton. I don’t think he ever got any disability for it, even though he had a family and a couple of kids.

    No, I never had psycho-pharmocology. I didn’t go as far in psych as Slow did.

    Of course the white supremist is attention seeking. But they do exist and they do leave their droppings here, as do other hate mongers. Why should Elena, Alanna and I have to look at it alone. We thought we would share. No one even thanked us. 😉

  10. Gainesville Resident

    That website makes the dark screen look tame by comparison. It was good to see an example of what horrible stuff is out there. Hopefully those kind of people are few and far between, as are their websites.

  11. Rampant population growth threatens our economy and quality of life. Immigration, both legal and illegal, are fueling this growth. I’m not talking about environmental degradation or resource depletion. I’m talking about the effect upon rising unemployment and poverty in America.

    I should introduce myself. I am the author of a book titled “Five Short Blasts: A New Economic Theory Exposes The Fatal Flaw in Globalization and Its Consequences for America.” To make a long story short, my theory is that, as population density rises beyond some optimum level, per capita consumption of products begins to decline out of the need to conserve space. People who live in crowded conditions simply don’t have enough space to use and store many products. This declining per capita consumption, in the face of rising productivity (per capita output, which always rises), inevitably yields rising unemployment and poverty.

    This theory has huge implications for U.S. policy toward population management, especially immigration policy. Our policies of encouraging high rates of immigration are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth. Through most of human history, the interests of the common good and business (corporations) were both well-served by continuing population growth. For the common good, we needed more workers to man our factories, producing the goods needed for a high standard of living. This population growth translated into sales volume growth for corporations. Both were happy.

    But, once an optimum population density is breached, their interests diverge. It is in the best interest of the common good to stabilize the population, avoiding an erosion of our quality of life through high unemployment and poverty. However, it is still in the interest of corporations to fuel population growth because, even though per capita consumption goes into decline, total consumption still increases. We now find ourselves in the position of having corporations and economists influencing public policy in a direction that is not in the best interest of the common good.

    The U.N. ranks the U.S. with eight third world countries – India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and China – as accounting for fully half of the world’s population growth by 2050. It’s absolutely imperative that our population be stabilized, and that’s impossible without dramatically reining in immigration, both legal and illegal.

    If you’re interested in learning more about this important new economic theory, I invite you to visit my web site at where you can read the preface, join in my blog discussion and, of course, purchase the book if you like. (It’s also available at

    Please forgive the somewhat spammish nature of the previous paragraph. I just don’t know how else to inject this new perspective into the immigration debate without drawing attention to the book that explains the theory.

    Pete Murphy
    Author, “Five Short Blasts”

  12. hello

    WOW, what a shocking revelation “Va., Md. Rank High in Illegal Immigrant Population”. I had no idea!!

  13. Moon-howler

    Welcome Pete. Thanks for posting on Anti-bvbl.

  14. JustinT

    Pete, I always wondered, if the world is filled elbow to elbow with people like in that cartoon from School House Rock, how come there are so few people hit by lightning? Population growth seems to me to be a political argument for renewable fuels so we don’t deplete the earth’s resources.

    What happens if we shrink the size of the work force while the our parents and grandparents all stop working and go on social security? If entitlements grow and grow while our economy shrinks and shrinks, our country will be in pretty bad shape. Talk about soaring debt….

  15. Elena

    I believe you have visited here before, with the exact same post 🙂

    Just as a reminder, in 1924 the Johnson-Reed Act was passed, the first to impose immigration quotas, interestingly enough, population was not used as an excuse, but there were plenty of others.

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