Radical Republicans and other right wing ideologues like to talk about what they call the “border crisis” or the “illegal immigration crisis”. They rant about how liberals refuse to do anything about the crisis and are selling America out to a bunch of foreigners. They say that racist laws like Arizona’s SB 1070, in which people can be imprisoned for nothing more than being hispanic in appearance while not carrying identification, are necessary in order to stop the crisis.
The story of an illegal immigration crisis along the border with Mexico has been told so many times, with such extreme alarm, that most Americans now take it for granted that such a crisis actually exists. That’s the sign of a successful propaganda campaign, but what about the facts? Is there really a crisis along the border with Mexico, with rampant illegal immigration?
A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows clearly that there is no border crisis. There is no crisis of illegal immigration.
The study finds that the average annual inflow of illegal immigrants into the United States has decreased to little more than one third of the level it was at ten years ago. The study found that, in the last three years alone, the number of illegal immigrants living in the United States has declined by one million.
The border crisis is a hoax. It’s a myth. If anything, there’s an anti-crisis.
Don’t believe the hype. Right wingers are simply trying to profit from the fear many Americans have of foreigners, and of people who don’t look like themselves.
Wise voters who choose a congressional candidate according to the “border issue” this November will do so by voting against any politician who repeats the propaganda of a crisis in illegal immigration.