It doesn’t take very long using the Internets to find reliable information that confirms that the whole illegal immigration scare/thing is a bunch of overblown, over-hyped propaganda perpetuated by republicans, bigots and generally lazy uninformed whiners.
Fact: The rate of undocumented migration has not increased in over two decades.
Neither is Mexico a demographic time bomb; its fertility rate is only slightly above replacement. Although a variety of trans-border population movements have increased, this is to be expected in a North American economy that is increasingly integrated under the terms of a mutually-ratified trade agreement. Undocumented migration stems from the unwillingness of the United States to include labor within the broader framework governing trade and investment. Rates of migration between Mexico and the United States are entirely normal for two countries so closely integrated economically.
Fact: Mexican immigrants do not migrate to take advantage of U.S. social services.
Their service usage rates are well below those of other immigrant groups and have fallen sharply since the mid-1990s. Undocumented migrants, in particular, are more likely to pay taxes than to use public services, and even those they do useâ€”mainly education and medical careâ€”are consumed at rates well below what one would expect given their socioeconomic characteristics.
Where did I get this information? It may surprise some to know that this comes from the CATO Institute; possibly the most conservative think tank in the world. The facts stated above are simply a few taken from some of the most thorough, scientific research done over the past 40 years.