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March 13, 2007

Mexico Says Jobs Are Key To Halting Illegals

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

The Washington Times is reporting that as President Bush prepares to meet today with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Calderon and his government are increasingly making it clear they believe the solution to the U.S. illegal immigration problem lies in Mexico - that comprehensive immigration reform in the United States begins in Mexico:

"Unless Mexico is able to generate the type of economic growth, job creation, well-paid job creation, we will still have a difficult time, even though there's a comprehensive immigration agreement [in the United States], to dampen the root causes that propel so many Mexicans to seek a better life across the border," Mr. Sarukhan told The Washington Times.
I'm astonished that it's taken the Mexican and U.S. governments so long to figure at least this much out - that better jobs in Mexico help keep illegals in Mexico. We Gringos may be a bit slow off the starting block, but most of us figured this out years ago - else why in the world would be in the predicament that we're in now with millions of mostly uneducated Mexicans (some are now saying that real number of illegals are as many as 20-28 million) flooding into our country looking for jobs and people to rob murder and rape, and to join their illegal alien family members that are already here? [2004 data shows that in Los Angeles alone, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.].

But isn't Bush and Calderon getting it only half right?

Illegals do in fact flood our country looking for jobs, but then there's that other nasty little secret that our politicians don't want to talk about, that many illegals come here to join their family members - the illegal aliens that we never kicked out in the first place. In other words, the "magnet" of jobs in Mexico that Calderon speaks of isn't the only magnet. The truth is, other factors contribute to Mexican migration including rejoining their families. The more illegals we have here now, the more illegals we're going to get.

Calderone's idea of more jobs in Mexico is a nice gesture, but real immigration reform begins on the U.S. side of the border. Kick out the illegals we have here now, and we'll have a lot fewer coming here for jobs that they can find in Mexico.

In case you haven't thought about the real cost of illegal immigration to American taxpayers, a new study by Dr. Steve Camarata (ht - The Sierra Times) shows a minimum number of 12 million illegal aliens will tap into $843 BILLION in social-services, education, medical care, school breakfasts and lunches, prison, rising insurance rates and other costs - and this is NET -- more than they will pay in taxes and usage fees over their lifetimes. President Bush and Senators McCain, Kennedy, and others may be able to afford the cost of illegal immigration, but our country can't.

Related reading:
Cost of Illegal Alien Crime Far Outweighs Benefits
Illegal immigration -- a triple threat

Posted by Abdul at March 13, 2007 11:02 AM

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