Gee, it’s almost like Mexico is trying to send us the citizens they don’t want. What else would explain that their unemployment rate is about 5%, while the unemployment rate in the US is somewhere around 7.5%?
Are millions of Mexican citizens still trying to cross the U.S. border illegally because there is dismal economic growth and a shortage of jobs in Mexico?
Not anymore. In terms of the economy, Mexico has rarely done better, and the United States rarely worse.
The Mexican unemployment rate is currently below 5%. North of the border it remains stuck at over 7% for the 53rd consecutive month of the Obama presidency.
The American gross domestic product has been growing at a rate of less than 2% annually. In contrast, a booming Mexico almost doubled that in 2012, its GDP growing at a robust clip of nearly 4%.
Is elemental hunger forcing millions of Mexicans to flee north, as it may have in the past? Not necessarily.
What Mexicans need these days is a nanny mayor like Michael Bloomberg to monitor their salt, fat and sugar intake, and tell them to take the stairs, because they’re getting fat! So much for the hunger argument when it comes to allowing more and more illegals to stay in the US.
So, how does Mexico handle immigration? Well, it looks nothing like what they tell us to do:
Until 2011, when it passed reforms, Mexico had among the most draconian immigration laws in the world. Guatemala has criticized Mexico for initiating construction of a fence along its southern border.
Mexico has zero tolerance for illegal immigrants who seek to work inside Mexico, happen to break Mexican law or go on public assistance — or any citizens who aid them.
In Mexico, legal immigration is aimed at privileging lawful arrivals with skill sets that aid the Mexican economy and, according to the country’s immigration law, who have the “necessary funds for their sustenance” — while denying entry to those who are not healthy or would upset the “equilibrium of the national demographics.”
Translated, that idea of demographic equilibrium apparently means that Mexico tries to withhold citizen status from those who do not look like Mexicans or have little skills to make money.
If the United States were to treat Mexican nationals in the same way that Mexico treats Central American nationals, there would be humanitarian outrage.
In 2005, the Mexican government published a “Guide for the Mexican Migrant” — in comic book form. The pictographic manual instructed its own citizens how best to cross illegally into, and stay within, the United States. Did Mexico assume that its departing citizens were both largely illiterate and without worry about violating the laws of a foreign country?
Do you think they would allow the 1% of Americans committing 27% of the murders move there? So why are we allowing their criminals in here, and giving them three strikes on things like forging passports?