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Heartbreak: Mexicans Pinching Pesos as Income From America Slows

I hope I have room on my desk for all the tears I'm going to cry after wading through this story. The first few paragraphs of the article in question discuss Luis Martínez, who was deported after unlawfully leaving the country to attend a funeral while attempting to gain U.S. citizenship.

That's a bummer - but not the focus of the article. The real tragedy is that the flood of illegal immigrants can't afford to send quite so large a piece of our ever-feeble economy back to their familia across the border.

From the piece in the Dallas Morning News:
Of the 500,000 Hispanics who have lost their jobs since January 2007, he estimates 60,000 are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Some have been forced to take jobs that pay much less. "I have interviewed migrants, and they tell me they lost a job in construction at $15 an hour and now are washing dishes for $7 an hour," he said.
An illegal immigrant lost his job? Well, I seem to have also lost my violin. You should be counting your lucky stars you even have a job, nevermind the fact that you have health care, education, and a cluster of American cities whose police forces aren't even allowed to ask you about your immigration status.
Meanwhile, U.S. authorities are deporting Mexican immigrants at a rate not seen in 50 years, including more than 208,000 "removals" from the U.S. interior in the current fiscal year, which ends this month.
"Mexican immigrants?" Do we just go around deporting Mexican people who immigrated here legally? America must be a racist country! Try describing them as "illegal" Mexican immigrants and you'll be closer to the truth.

The "rate not seen in 50 years" might have something to do with the fact that we're currently in the midst of what can only be described as a national emergency. It might have something to do with the fact that once illegal immigrants get here, they're 50% more likely to be on welfare than citizens.

And if we want to start deporting "immigrants," we could start with the 17% of federal prison inmates who are illegal immigrants. It would rid our nation of criminals we don't want becoming citizens anyway, and would instantly save us the millions of dollars it's currently costing to imprison them. But you won't hear this proposal from Obama or McCain. By the way, that 17% of imprisoned illegal immigrants is significant considering that illegal immigrants make up only about 3% of the country's population.

So, why don't I have any tears on my desk? Because the life boat is sinking, and there aren't enough orange floaty jackets to go around.


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