"... what opponents refuse to recognize is that illegal immigration is under better control today than at any point in the last half century." Granted this is true, isn't it a relative thing? Couldn't we say "the flow of drugs into this country is under better control today than at any point in the last half century" as well? But does that mean there is no more drug problem? And what about the ripple effects of "anchor babies"? What about the disparate demand on public, taxpayer-paid services that illegal immigrant families represent? Is this no longer true?
"Enforcement first" has become the mantra of conservatives opposed to comprehensive immigration. However, what opponents refuse to recognize is that illegal immigration is under better control today than at any point in the last half century. Last year, net immigration from Mexico was zero -- as many immigrants (legal and illegal) left the United States as came here. The flow of illegal immigrants has plummeted in the last few years -- down to the lowest level since the 1970s. What's more, the Obama administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any previous administration since the Great Depression - including 450,000 last...
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