Pew Hispanic report signals it’s time for Congress to begin work reforming immigration — A new report released by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that the undocumented immigrant population has stabilized.


The report, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010 finds there are 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States, virtually unchanged from a year earlier.

Other discoveries by the researchers found:

The number of undocumented immigrants in the nation’s workforce in 2010 stood at 8 million — the same as in 2009.

Births to at least one undocumented parent was also essentially the same as from the year before.

Another thing that this report reveals is that there is no better time for Congress to start the process of addressing immigration reform.

The stabilization in the undocumented population and the workforce signifies a profile that suggests these people are long-term residents of the country, most probably with children and spouses who are U.S.-born. It means they are contributing members to their local communities and — they’re not going anywhere.

The stabilization in the population also implies that the border is as secure as it ever will be. Those that are here are here to stay and have created lives for themselves on this side of the border.

There’s no clearer indication that the time for excuses and stalling is over and the time for constructive action is now.