Graph of the Day for May 1, 2010

"[We are] looking at the law to decide exactly how we are going to react to it...we are considering all possibilities, including the possibility of a court challenge."  Eric Holder, US Attorney General.

"[The law] could pull away resources from federal immigration enforcement efforts... really look at whether the law meets constitutional safeguards or not."  Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

"[The] law will be challenged on constitutional grounds. The President called the law misguided. He said it violates a basic of fairness that we cherish as Americans."  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

"... a law that I think is unconstitutional."  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Reactions to the Arizona law regarding unauthorized aliens, as reported by Jake Tapper.

Source:  Congressional Research Service.  HT:  Clarice Feldman.

Hoven's Index for May 1, 2010

Estimated number of unauthorized aliens in the US by start of 2009:  10.8 to 11.9 million

Percentage of those who arrived prior to 1990:  19%

Percentage arriving since 2000:  36%

Percentage from Mexico:  59% to 62%

Percentage from the Americas, excluding Canada:  82%

Percentage from Asia:  9% to 11%

Source:  Congressional Research Service.

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