Ask a Mexican: Just how many illegals are in the U.S.? And aren't there more Asians than Mexicans?

Dear Mexican: I work for a major news organization and often have heard the figure of 10 million illegal Mexicans. Unofficially, I have been quoted the number 20 to 25 million illegals, most of them not Mexican. From experience with the government, I would say these numbers are low. Why the focus on the Mexicans? They are far less alien than the Asians or Africans not to mention the Guatemalans. Explain?
Muy Smart Man

Dear MSM: Trying to figure out how many illegal immigrants are in this country is like trying to determine who invented the margarita, or what happened to Carlos Mencia. The long-accepted figure was 12 million undocumented folks in this country, until the Great Recession hit and dropped the number to somewhere between 10 and 11 million. Of that figure, it's generally accepted that Mexicans make up between half and two-thirds of the figure. Further complicating the matter is that differing numbers get spat out by organizations with political agendas, whether left (Pew Hispanic Center), right (U.S. government), or pinche puto pendejo baboso (FAIR). My suggestion? Don't even care about how many mojados are in this country — just accept the Reconquista, and be at peace with America's new reality. Of course, America isn't, and that's why you see the obsession with Mexis instead of those rapacious Canadian illegals.

Dear Mexican: It seems like all the discussion about Mexican immigration centers on "illegal," low-wage workers. But as part of NAFTA, many well-educated Mexicans have the right to work in the U.S. without restriction via the TN-1 visa. This sort of immigration seems to have no press, and a spin around Google doesn't show any websites discussing this other than ones covering the mechanics of the process. Why isn't this kind of immigration more visible? Any sense of how big it is? Has it had an effect in Mexico, either in a brain drain to the U.S., or just in encouraging more people to go into the sciences because of the ability to work internationally? Are the Mexicans complaining we're stealing all their best people? (That's the secret plan, isn't it? We grab your land, then your people: soon all of Mexico will be ours!)
IT Gabacho

Dear Gabacho: The number of Mexicans who have entered this country under a TN visa have increased dramatically, from 168 in 1997 to 3,376 in 2010, according to numbers kept by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. Mexico has a proud tech industry — the Mayans, after all, invented the concept of zero and were space travelers (and let's not even get into their scary-ass accurate calendar — and such opportunities will only increase as Mexico becomes more wired and less dependent on Carlos Slim for their tech needs. You don't hear about this type of migration because smart Mexicans don't exist in the American mind. And I wish the TN visa was the main reason for the Mexican brain drain, but a narco war will do that to a country.

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James Hodges
James Hodges

"Just how many illegals are in the U.S.? And aren't there more Asians than Mexicans?"

If there is only one illegal alien in the U.S., there's too many. Are illegal Mexicans suppose to be better if there are more Asians? I think not. Besides it's rather a moot point ... there are more Illegal Mexicans in the U.S... all they have to do is wade across the Rio Grande... Asians have to swim all the way across the Pacific... it makes it a little tougher for them to get here.

Ali Alexander
Ali Alexander

By the way, my brother married a Mexican-American woman with several kids from another Mexican. If my brother hadn't married her, she'd be living in poverty, and likely so would her kids. Ditto, her daughter, who got pregnant in high school. She just had the great good sense to get pregnant by a non Hispanic White guy who married her and has made a good living for them. None of them speaks Spanish.

The Great Magnus
The Great Magnus

northern victory you are an idiot. baseless? new reality? haaa!! yeah well see about that you dirty little river jumper

The Great Magnus
The Great Magnus

right all these mexicants come over here to have litters of kids so they can have duel citizenship and actually have a chance to make a decent living, cause if we leave it up to mexico they will just keep making meth all day. mexicants are like lebron james, cant win where he came up, so move to a nice area, with good ppl to try and get what he wants there regardless of how it looks to everybody else

northernvictory
northernvictory

Oh Kitty, your entire comment has become one huge cliche. The same ol' same ol' and nothing new about illegals, anchor babies, free medical and education, ACLU, Arpayaso, etc................

Your facts are baseless and all your efforts are completely futile. All we do (Mexicans) is shrug our shoulders, shake our heads, and even chuckle a little. The reason for the humor is how buffoons like you even make punishment recommendations, LOL.

Like Mr. Arellano says, "just accept the Reconquista, and be at peace with America's new reality." Baboso!

Matt
Matt

long article from www.grassrootsofyakimavalley.c.......

Illegal aliens in America are not needed. Every time a business is shut down by Immigration authorities, Americans line up the next day to take the jobs that were originally taken from them. More and more Americans are not going to restaurants, because of rampant food poisoning. Americans are literally in fear of their lives, because of illegal aliens. Crimes committed by illegal aliens are barbaric. We have more deaths each year in America caused by illegal aliens than what we lost each year in Vietnam. More Americans are killed by illegal aliens in one year than the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since we’ve been there.The major news sources refuse to report on the crime wave that has and is sweeping America. They refuse to report the incredible rise of previously conquered diseases brought here by these people. Cholera, dysentery, diphtheria, leprosy, hepatitis, meningitis, typhoid, Chagas Disease, Tuberculosis, Dengue, Malaria and the list goes on to horrible diseases such as Schistomiasis, Guinea Worm Infestation, Cysticercosis, Morgellon’s and others.Illegal aliens create a negative financial drain on society. California estimates $14 billion a year is spent on illegal aliens. The highest illegal alien population States in America are asking the Federal government for some of the “mystery bailout money”.There seems to be no one who knows exactly how much illegal aliens cost American society and American taxpayers. 47% of car accidents in Dallas Texas are by illegal aliens. Schools in Colorado, Illinois, California are experiencing 50% dropout rates. The teachers can’t function and the kids have nothing to learn due to the extreme confusion brought on by illegal alien gibberish.Their crimes were previously unknown behavior to Americans. 79,000,000 ID thefts, counterfeiting documents, mortgage fraud, human trafficking, forced prostitution, child labor, dog fights, rooster fights are just a few. We either didn’t know these kinds of crimes could happen or our government eliminated them years ago.In 1980, our Federal and state facilities held fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens but at the end of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in U.S. correctional facilities. 27% of all prisoners in Federal custody are criminal illegal aliens and the majority (63%) of those are Mexican citizens. In fiscal 2004, the Federal government spent $1.4 billion to incarcerate criminal aliens. All the incarceration costs, in Federal, State and local jurisdictions accounted for approximately $5.6 billion in 2004. The majority of criminal aliens incarcerated at the end of calendar year 2004 were identified as citizens of Mexico.Of the 55,322 illegal aliens studied, researchers found that they were arrested a total of 700,000 times, averaging 13 arrests per illegal alien.Defendants charged with unlawful reentry had the most extensive criminal histories. 90% had been previously arrested. Of those with a prior arrest, 50% had been arrested for violent or drug-related felonies.The above study, done by the United States government General Accounting Office only sampled about 21% of the incarcerated illegal aliens. To get the full extent of the collateral damage, we need to extrapolate the average number of offenses out across all 267,000 incarcerated illegal alien criminals. Doing so results in some 1,288,619 crimes!And the bad news is, it would appear that other than what the Immigration and Naturalization services, now named ICE reports when foreign nationals are deported, NOBODY ELSE IS TRACKING CRIMES COMMITTED ON US SOIL BY FOREIGN NATIONALS.Researcher Deborah Schurman-Kauflin Ph.D. of the Violent Crimes Institute, reports on the analysis of 1,500 violent crimes from January 1999 through April 2006 that included serial rapes, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation committed by illegal aliens. The study breaks down the 1,500 cases reviewed this way: 525, or 35 %, were child molestations, 358, or 24%, were rapes, 617, or 41 %, were sexual homicides and serial murders.Of the child molestations, 47% of the victims were Hispanic, 36% Caucasian, 8% Asian, 6% African American and 3% other nationalities. In 82% of the cases the victims were known to their attackers. “In those instances, the illegal immigrants typically gained access to the victims after having worked as a day laborer at or near the victims’ homes,” she says.Schurman-Kauflin states that the illegal alien population includes 240,000 sex offenders a “conservative estimate,” she says. She goes on to say, “This translates to 93 sex offenders and 12 serial sexual offenders coming across U.S. borders illegally per day.” And she says, “Nearly 63% of the offenders had been deported on another offense prior to the sex crime.”Her study shows that sexual crimes that were committed by previously deported illegal alien sex perverts who simply strolled back in to commit more crime cost us $4.1 BILLION.Summarizing, she says, “Only 2% of the offenders in this study has no history of criminal behavior, beyond crossing the border illegally. There is a clear pattern of criminal escalation. From misdemeanors such as assault or DUI, to drug offenses, illegal immigrants who commit sex crimes break U.S. laws repeatedly. They are highly mobile, work in low skilled jobs with their hands, use drugs and alcohol, are generally promiscuous, have little family stability, and choose victims who are easy to attack. Their attacks are particularly brutal, and they use a hands-on method of controlling and/or killing their victims.”Operation Predator resulted in 6,085 child predator arrests. Some pedophile statistics report that each pedophile molests an average of 148 children. If so, that could be as many as 900,580 victims. Resulting costs are unknown.Another way illegal aliens kill us is traffic accidents. On the roads and highways of the East Coast, a more than fair example is the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a sparsely populated rural area with good, easily navigatable roads with little or no congestion. There, a review of State Police auto accident reports for 2002 through 2004 for that area of the Eastern Shore also revealed that of the 179 accidents involving Hispanic laborers: 75% of the drivers had no auto insurance. Nearly all of the vehicles driven by migrants were registered to other drivers, 93% of the vehicles had false out-of-state tags.In 2003 and 2004, 128 of the 395 people, 32.4%, arrested on DUI charges were Hispanic, a rate six times greater than the Hispanic portion of the population. According to State Police records, about a third of accidents involving migrant workers are hit-and-run. State Trooper Koushel said migrants often cannot be conclusively identified when they’re stopped for a violation or involved in an accident.” “Many”, he said, “are illegal aliens who carry fake or invalid driver’s licenses”. “Because of that”, he said, “Many fail to show up in court. It’s almost like writing a ticket to a ghost.”A few days of bad weather in Colorado, over 100 illegal aliens were in auto accidents or given traffic tickets. Looking at only one component of traffic accidents, hit and runs, nationally 11 of every 100 traffic accidents are a hit and run.As reported by Deadly Roads, as of December 29, there were 1,544 killed and 105,078 injured in hit and run accidents in 2006. Extrapolating for the year, 2006 will end up with about 1,560 killed and 105,948 injured by hit and run drivers.In California, federal statistics show, “The number of fatal hit-and- run traffic deaths statewide jumped by 19 percent from 1999 to 2001. Nearly 300 people are killed annually in hit-and-run accidents in the state. Hit-and-runs accounted for 7.8 percent of the state’s fatal crashes in 2001, the latest year for which figures are available from the U.S. Transportation Department. The figure is more than twice the national average of 3.8 percent - and a full percentage point higher than the next-highest state, Arizona.”It simply can not be a coincidence that California and Arizona have the highest per capita illegal alien population in the nation.Austin , Texas, in a 2003 article in the Austin American Statesmen: “Of 3,007 drunken driving arrests in 2002, 43 percent involved Hispanic men, even though they make up only about 11 percent of Austin’s driving population. Including women, Hispanics made up 47 percent of the DWI arrests but only 21 percent of Austin drivers. Statewide, 42 percent of the people arrested in 2002 for driving while intoxicated were Latino, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. In Austin, 46 percent of the people arrested for drunk driving from 1999 to 2002 were Latino, according to the Austin Police Department.”How much does all this rampant carnage cost the taxpayers? Nobody knows what the costs are to each of the hundreds of thousands of American citizens each year that are injured, maimed, crippled, killed, raped, assaulted, robbed, etc. At the end of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in U.S. correctional facilities: $6.8 billion. Mac Johnson estimates that illegal aliens murder between 1,806 and 2,510 people in the U.S. annually, an average of 2,158 murders. Representative King states illegal aliens are responsible for 4,380 murders $8.4 billion.According to FBI Estimates on Number of Arrests in 2005 in the United States and applying a straight 5% of population representation, illegal aliens would have committed 704,709 crimes in 2005. Based on an average of $25,000 per crime, the costs would be $17.6 billion. Some estimates have their involvement much higher. Based on a US Government Accounting Office report of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local facilities during 2003 and extrapolating the average number of offenses out across all 267,000 incarcerated illegal alien criminals results in some 1,288,619 crimes!Based on an average of $25,000 per crime, the costs would be $32.2 billion. Another estimated 240,000 criminal illegal aliens are not incarcerated. Professor David Anderson reports that the net annual burdened costs of crime, in 2006 dollars could be $1.62 TRILLION.A 5% illegal alien participation would be $81 BILLION. But we have close to a 10% illegal alien population in America. That can not happen by accident.Some studies indicate the participation of illegal aliens is much higher than representation. An estimated 2,258,550 pounds of cocaine made it through the southern border with an estimated street value conservatively estimated $72.2 BILLION. Resulting costs of the associated crime is unknown. Assume 50% is paid for through crime.There are an estimated 5.1 million English as Second Language students in the USA. If 90% of the ESL students are children of illegal aliens then the education costs for children of illegal aliens is about $34.5 billion per year.Many illegal aliens are carrying horrific third world diseases. In the 40 years prior to 2002, there were only 900 total cases of leprosy in the US. In the following three years there have been 9,000 cases. TB is epidemic in many illegal alien communities and a new Multiple-Drug-Resistant (MDR) TB is spreading. Each person infected with TB will infect 10 others. Treating a single case of MDR TB costs between $250,000 and $1,200,000 per person. Resulting costs are unknown.Harvard Professor George Borjas has reported that illegal aliens displaced American workers at a cost in excess of $133 billion dollars in 2005.The Wall Street investment firm Bear Stearns states we are losing $35 billion a year in income tax collections from jobs that are now off the books.A recent report notes that illegals sent an estimated $45 Billion south in 2006, which was up from an estimated $30 Billion in 2004. That money leaving the economy does not produce secondary jobs here.A Census Bureau study estimates that households headed by illegal aliens used $10 billion more in government services than they paid in taxes in 2002. These figures are only for the federal government. Costs at the state and local level are also significant.Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post states “The Senate’s embattled immigration bill would raise government spending by as much as $126 billion over the next decade.The majority of these figures were taken from USILLEGALALIENS.COM This site is an encyclopedia of documented evidence of the cultural pollution of illegal alienation.American can’t deport the illegal aliens because there are too many of them? That is just another fraudulent joke. President Eisenhower in the early 1950s deported 3 to 4 million Mexicans in Operation Wetback. If we had the resources and ability to do it then we sure as heck can do it now, faster and easier.If this is not tolerance, what is? America is the most charitable nation on Earth, as a nation and as individuals. But when it comes to illegal aliens, we have tolerated enough and we have been charitable enough to bankrupt our social services. Our schools are failing due to the students who steadfastly refuse to learn out language. Our hospitals are closing due to illegals getting free service for anything from a splinter in their finger to major surgery and perpetual care. Our clean beautiful home towns are getting turned into open garbage pits. We’re getting murdered by illegal alien invaders. Poll after poll shows 90% of us say, “Get them out!” They have taught us well. As the news does not report the activities of illegal aliens we have all learned by example.I defy anyone on earth to prove that illegal aliens are a benefit to any society that they have invaded. It can not be done with factual data, anywhere.If our nations were at war, these people acting under the disguise of “Undocumented Immigrants” would be classified as War Criminals committing Crimes Against Humanity. And that is exactly what they are doing.America doesn’t owe Mexico anything but a swift kick in the pants. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Possibly related posts: (automatically generated) 25 Reasons to Deport Illegal Aliens. Illegals/Terrorists; Different Tactics, Same Result! Tightening the Knot

KITTY
KITTY

While Asians or Africans may be "alien" to our society and way of life, they are not illegal "aliens" like the millions of Mexicans who swarm across our border like flies zeroing in on a dead carcus. On top of that we have to support their hundreds of thousands of anchor babies that have to be educated and given free medical care - the two things that are literally bankrupting California and Arizona.

It's high time the United States does the same thing to illegal aliens as Mexico: six years in prison, a large fine and deportation. We catch and release illegals like small fish with no punishment, and they sneak back in again and again. It's time for Sheriff Joe to take charge of this deplorable situation. Instead of dressing them in pink, Joe should dye them pink. That way law enforcement could spot them a mile away! Then there would be no more whining by the ACLU and Osama's Justice Department that Joe is profiling. But hey, this would only happen in a perfect world!

2HemanoDOtraMadre
2HemanoDOtraMadre

all this shot you said about us was the most ignorant thing ive heard in my life. what are you 9. Look do you really think we like living in poverty NO, do you reall think we like beign illigal aliens NO, do you really think we came here just to fuck up your country No. Im sorry but your not living in Europe where your naiboors are all white and share the same ass wipes as one another. In the US u might see us as the lowest as the low, but when you see us in our country u would find most of these peope with there own territories and shit. We have brains to, we understand how you feel about us but u gotta understand that the world is not perfect and that the world is not like the US where u can have anything to your advantage. It just makes me upset to see so many ignorant young people who are citizens here and r drop outs, disrespect thier eldrers, and just like to party it up all the time. There all lots of kids out there who would only wish to go to school and have thier family with them. But no most of these kids have to work all day just so they could have a plate of food on there table to eat for the day.

HermanoDOtraMadre
HermanoDOtraMadre

Tu si sabes way!, thats the way it is "Kitty", im sorry your not in your perfect little world as you say but hey we were sent on this earth to live life and life is not about opressing others and sending people to hell. its about loving, understanding, and couping with probloms in a non-violent manner.

Ali Alexander
Ali Alexander

Let's see. Mexicans don't even run their own country. That's left to a largely European/Arab elite to do. What makes them think they can or will run this one? All I see is lots of Mexicans (and other Hispanics) without educations or skills having kids they can't afford to support and relying on welfare and taxpayer-provided social services to get by. Hispanics have a drop out rate that ties African-Americans and a rate of unwed pregnancies twice that of Blacks. Both are precursors to poverty. Moreover, the old route to the middle class no longer exists for unskilled uneducated workers, so Mexican and other Hispanic illegal aliens can expect that their kids are going to grow up poor and likely be poor.

SubZro
SubZro

that was very unhuman of u to say, just look at what you said, how can u live with yourself. stop beign a self centered american and take a diffrent point of view. Take more reason and consideration of what you say next time. people have feelings.

necioreyes17
necioreyes17

@Ali Alexander First of all. I believe the correct term is SOME. Beleive it or not we are all equal & just like we Mexican's (Hispanic illegal aliens) or whatever your "smart ass" wants to call us, Whites/Blacks/Mexicans etcc. Have both good & bad people.

- Are you stupid? Oh, wait you just probably used google to look for all this nonsence. If what your saying was to be true, do you think that we dropout just for the fuck of it? No we DON'T. We actually know how hard it is for our parents to get us the education we need. We understand the pain they lived through trying to get here. So what exactly makes you think we would wake up one day & say "I'm not going to school today or for the rest of my life, i'd rather work at mcdonalds or not have a job at all" ...really? No. We understand the means of dropping out. When we do it, its for the need & for the best at that moment. My brother dropped out of school when he was entering his senior year, but he did it to help my mother with the house bills WHILE my dad was in Tijuana with the rest of my siblings ready to come to the U.S LEGALLY. He only went to school for 5 years, later on, he went back to school got his education & is now one of the best lawyers in Atlanta. By the way did you know that the richest man, is in fact A MEXICAN? Bet you didn't huh? Maybe..just maybe, if you were to stop being an ignorant. You would accept the fact that we can become just as rich as you all, or even more!

 
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