There’s good news and bad news on the immigration front.

The good news is that there are 1 million fewer illegal aliens than in 2007.

The bad news is that the decline in the illegal population stopped when Barack Obama was inaugurated.

From January 2007 to January 2009, the illegal population is estimated to have dropped from 11.8 million to 10.8 million. In the following two years, however, there was no further decline; a government estimate for January 2011 expected to be released soon is likely to be about 10.9 million.

The decline was obviously caused, in part, by the weak economy, but that was not the only factor. After all, the illegal population started dropping before the recession began, the halt in the decline happened when the economy was still terrible.

In fact, immigration law played a big part — stepped-up enforcement at the tail end of the Bush administration helped start the decline and weakened enforcement by the current White House helped halt the decline.

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