While its true that much of what we hear is election year rhetoric, it is nonetheless true that the United States has a problem – a major problem with illegal immigration. While its true that we have had both waves of immigration before, and resentment against those waves, this wave seems to be different in that the immigration is coming from an area contiguous with the United States. That means there is every reason to believe the current wave of illegals will not assimilate into the American culture as previous groups have done. Their ability to go home and rejuvenate their language and culture and perpetuate it within the U.S. means they may never become Americanized.
Is this really a problem? To begin with, the estimates of the number of illegals range from 7 million to over 20 million. That’s a lot of people – people who have children (who automatically become U. S. citizens when born) who use schools, health care facilities, and social services, yet because they are illegal and receive their wages under the table, don’t pay any taxes. Their birth rate being twice the norm of Americans, the percentage of our population that is either illegal or the children of illegals will soon approach cataclysmic proportions. Already, my resident state of Texas has become a “majority minority” state.
Can the rest of America be far behind?