One of the hot button issues in the 2016 election will be immigration….these people have been demonized and praised….usually at the same time but from different sides of the spectrum…..we have candidates thumping their chests like sex crazed apes telling us that “illegals” are pouring across the border to steal American jobs and get that free ride that they all crave….
And the Right winger talkers spout fact after fact about how these people will destroy this country if something is not done…..the problem with the political rhetoric has overlooked one fact while they are thumping those chests….
This may come as a surprise to anyone calling for a border fence: There are actually more Mexicans exiting the US than arriving here, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Between 2009 and 2014, an estimated 870,000 Mexican nationals came to the US from Mexico—but a million Mexicans went back the other way. (Pew admits it’s “challenging” to measure migration flow between the US and Mexico, but explains quite a bit about how it gets the best possible estimates here.) Why? Pew cites a number of reasons:
- The US economic recovery has been slow, perhaps meaning fewer jobs for Mexican immigrants.
- US immigration laws have become more strictly enforced, perhaps causing fewer Mexicans to attempt to cross the border. (The number of Mexicans apprehended at the US border was just 230,000 last year, the lowest number since 1971.)
- There has also been an increase in Mexican deportations since 2005. Even so, most of the million Mexicans who crossed back over the border from the US did so of their own volition, not because they were deported.
- Interestingly, 48% of adults in Mexico say they think life is better in the US, but 33% say life is neither better nor worse in the US—a 10-percentage-point increase from those who believed life was equivalent in both places in 2007.
The data also show that the number of Mexican immigrants living in the US has declined from a peak of 12.8 million in 2007 (6.9 million of them unauthorized) to 11.7 million last year (5.6 million unauthorized). Read Pew’s full report here.
You can tell when an issue is nothing more than a football for political thinking……when something happens to change the equation….it is ignored! I realize that this fact shoots a hole, a small hole, in your premise….but ignoring facts does not make one right.
I guess if you want to explain this a way then one could say the Trump’s rhetoric has scared the crap out of people and now they are running back across the border……
Yeah, let’s go with that lie!