In 2004 PsyDip's author used social science research methods to examine government data on illegal alien apprehensions, over a 3-month period. Here is the original unclassified cable sent through U.S. Department of State channels. PsyDip is posting this analysis here now as it is germane to the current discussion on illegal immigration recently reignited by the Arizona legislature and rippling throughout the country at this time.
Data were sampled for a 3-month period from September to November of 2004. Some key findings of the study included:
- Over 225,000 illegal aliens were apprehended in the 3-month period.
- The vast majority of illegal aliens were apprehended in Arizona.
- Most apprehended illegal aliens had never applied for a visa before crossing illegally.
- Only a small percentage reflected "special interest aliens", but nevertheless 69 cases did.
- Only a small percentage of visa refusal cases were subsequently apprehended for crossing illegally.
- The vast majority of apprehended illegal aliens were young, Mexican males.
- Over 6000 apprehended illegal aliens were children under 11 years of age.
Here is the full report: