For Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, which advocates limiting immigration overall, this new focus on enforcement was a relief since it changed a growing pattern of legalization legislation. "There have been zero amnesties passed since 9/11," he says. "It may be that 9/11 did change the environment so that it became harder for Congress to continue to pass an amnesty every couple years."

Beck's Numbers USA was founded in 1996 and had about 4,000 members before 9/11. That next year, Beck says, it nearly tripled its membership. The group now has over a million members.

For those who applaud stricter immigration policy, the heightened public sentiment and attention was positive. Healthy, even. "What 9/11 really shocked Americans into realizing is that some [immigrants]-and it doesn't take very many-are terrorists," says Beck. "They know that immigrants are mixed bag, just like all people."

By Celeste Morgan in Latin Post

Interior Enforcement
immigration reform

Updated: Thu, Sep 12th 2013 @ 1:51pm EDT