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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Immigration reform facts, not partisan politics fiction

Immigration reform facts, not partisan politics fiction

by Allan C. Brownfeld -
We have had far more heat than light when it comes to the Trump campaign's immigration policies, politics simplifying complex problems for partisan advantage.
WASHINGTON, September 5, 2016 – Donald Trump has excited audiences with tough talk about immigration. He has repeatedly said that he will build a huge wall across the border and that Mexico will pay for it. He has talked about untold numbers of undocumented immigrants crossing the Mexican border and taking jobs away from Americans. He has talked about widespread crime on the part of those crossing the border. He has driven audiences to frenzied excitement with this talk of an immigration “crisis.”
Even a cursory look at the facts indicates that while we have a problem of controlling our ‘borders, talk of a “crisis” is overblown. Reports by the Pew Research Center show that since 2012, the migratory influx from Mexico to the U.S. Is just below net zero, as more Mexicans leave the U.S. In fact, more people have moved from America to Mexico in this decade than have gone in the opposite direction. The economic situation in Mexico has improved, ensuring better access to healthcare, education and jobs. The decline in fertility in Mexico has resulted in a proportionately lower number of young people and, thus, lower immigration.
When it comes to crime, while Trump has cited a number of tragic crimes committed by those in the country illegally, the overall picture is quite different

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