Battlefield: El Paso

Obama is planning to give illegal immigrants a fairer shake. But our flood of illegals, mostly from Mexico, is one of our own making. A more laissez-faire attitude is key.

Issue: July-Aug 2009

 IT IS commonly accepted that the United States was "invaded" by an unprecedented wave of illegal immigrants beginning in the 1980s. According to the Department of Homeland Security, by 2008 there were 11.6 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, 61 percent from Mexico. The next-closest source was El Salvador, at just 5 percent. Hence the "invasion" was framed as a Mexican issue, with pundits from Lou Dobbs to Patrick Buchanan warning of dire consequences for America if it was not checked, by force if necessary.

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