Was Romney right about self-deportation?

posted at 10:41 am on April 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

At the time Mitt Romney made a reference to “self-deportation” through tougher employer and immigration enforcement in a January debate, he got roundly criticized for believing that illegals would choose to leave the US.  Today, National Journal says Romney has been vindicated by a new study of immigration from and to Mexico.  For the first time in decades, more people returned to Mexico than arrived from there, and the trend may end up being permanent:

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped—and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries.

The standstill appears to be the result of many factors, including the weakened U.S. job and housing construction markets, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, the long-term decline in Mexico’s birth rates and changing economic conditions in Mexico. …

Among the report’s key findings:

  • In the five-year period from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the United States and about 1.4 million Mexican immigrants and their U.S.-born children moved from the United States to Mexico.
  • In the five-year period a decade earlier (1995 to 2000), about 3 million Mexicans had immigrated to the U.S. and fewer than 700,000 Mexicans and their U.S. born-children had moved from the U.S. to Mexico.
  • This sharp downward trend in net migration has led to the first significant decrease in at least two decades in the number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants living in the U.S.—to 6.1 million in 2011, down from a peak of nearly 7 million in 2007. Over the same period the number of authorized Mexican immigrants rose modestly, from 5.6 million in 2007 to 5.8 million in 2011.

National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar writes that this may upend the conventional wisdom about the impact of the Hispanic vote:

For Democrats, the expected long-term explosion of Latino voters may not end up materializing. While there was a significant spike in the Hispanic population at the first half of the last decade, the economic recession and tighter immigration crackdowns have slowed that to a trickle. It’s not a given that Hispanic voters will make a larger share of the electorate than in 2008, as many in the Obama campaign had presumed (and depended upon). Already Democrats are facing challenges registering Hispanic voters in battleground states, like Arizona.

For Republicans, the illegal immigration litmus test, forcing conservative candidates to toe a hardline on the issue, could very well recede in the near future. A January Pew poll showed the number of Republicans considering illegal immigration as a top issue has plummeted, dropping from 69 percent in 2007 to 48 percent at the beginning of this year. The future Republican positioning on immigration could very well be closer to the policy views of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio than that of hardliners like Iowa Rep. Steve King.

The long-term political implications are equally significant. Democrats have counted Hispanics as a pivotal part of their coalition, but there’s no guarantee that as first-generation immigrants assimilate, they will remain reliable partisan voters. Indeed, a complementary Pew Hispanic Center study, released last month, showed immigrants becoming more Republican the longer they’ve been in this country — a similar narrative to other first-generation ethnic groups.

Border security will remain important for other reasons.  Even without a wave of well-intentioned but illegal immigration, the problems of global terrorism still require the US to secure both of its borders.  Both Rubio and King agree on the need for border security, and the GOP has been fairly united on insisting that this issue get addressed before deciding what to do with those who are still in the country illegally, especially the long-term residents.  When the first task has been accomplished, the remaining issues can be resolved with more deliberation and better perspective.

The other issue facing Democrats as Hispanics assimilate is the Obama administration’s attack on the Catholic Church.  Many of the same voters they believe will flock to their party are devout Catholics, who are now hearing weekly from the bishops about the White House attack on the exercise of their religion.  Memories of the Cristeros might not be too far from their minds, but even if that’s not the case, they’re not likely to be too sympathetic to Democrats who insist on imposing their values on the church through force of law.  The Obama administration picked a very odd time for this fight with the heretofore sympathetic US Conference of Catholic Bishops, especially if they’re that concerned with wooing the Hispanic vote.


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Pffft. Immigration laws are cruel if they affect the demorats ability to cheat an election.

Bishop on April 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Also, Hispanic voters tend to have the lowest turnout of any voting group, under 17%, I think.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Looks like Odumba$$ is gonna have to campaign in Mehico.

msupertas on April 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

If the government actually got tough on paying under the table and tax related identity theft and voter id laws and food stamp fraud and on and on, then of course people will self deport. I’m not holding my breath.

Fenris on April 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I find it no surprise that Hispanics who stay in America become more republican. In my experiences most who immigrate honestly are very hard workers willing to sacrifice for goals of bettering themselves and their family. This screams conservatism when given the chance.

The trick is to communicate effectively to those immigrants the conservative message and maintain a realistic fair policy on illegal immigration.

Skwor on April 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Must be due to a language barrier.

donkichi on April 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

This explains the increase in absentee ballots heading to Mexico.

AubieJon on April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Outside of blacks and single women, does Obama have any voter group that he isn’t losing influence with?

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

12 million…?
Uh hoh please.

NeoKong on April 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

But how many natural-born American adults illegally immigrated to Mexico?

(Those persons “running from the Law” don’t count)

listens2glenn on April 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

How long before Democrats advocate for building a border fence to keep Mexicans from leaving?

RedRedRice on April 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Outside of blacks and single women, does Obama have any voter group that he isn’t losing influence with?

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

He’s still going strong with high school drop outs and the mentally ill.

Kataklysmic on April 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Outside of blacks and single women, does Obama have any voter group that he isn’t losing influence with?

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

Bishop on April 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

All this means is that our economy is so bad that the illegals want out. Not a good sign.

Blake on April 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Por favor se no te gustas de aqui, vuelte para tu casa y tierra nativo e hacer lo una lugar buena!

Gracias.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

But how many natural-born American adults illegally immigrated to Mexico?

(Those persons “running from the Law” don’t count)

listens2glenn on April 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

We know 2 that didn’t make it: Thelma and Louise.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Was Romney right about self-deportation?

Yes.

And Dim-o-crats are making a mistake when they take Hispanic voters for granted, especially in terms of the future.

cicerone on April 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

We know 2 that didn’t make it: Thelma and Louise.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Just remembered that they were running from the law.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

It will be nice if this trend continues, so we don’t have to deal with the idiotic “11 million grandmas” business.

And maybe we could shut the door behind them and loosen our immigration policy for the millions of refugees and opportunity seekers from countries that actually respect our sovereignty?

KingGold on April 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

A large chunk of the problem is also the “tourists” from around the world that come on a tourist visa and never leave. It’s a lot harder for them to leave, because they have to get on an airplane.

RBMN on April 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Outside of blacks and single women, does Obama have any voter group that he isn’t losing influence with?

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

are we talking in the U.S. or the world?

upinak on April 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

All this means is that our economy is so bad that the illegals want out. Not a good sign.

Blake on April 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Likely, but not necessarily 100% the case.

States like Arizona, Oklahoma, and Alabama coming down hard on illegals probably had something to do with it as well, as many of them moved to other areas rather than put up with the hassles they’d see there.

teke184 on April 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Great, it’s a shame considering that our National Anthem celebrates Mexican illegals…

right2bright on April 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Our county used to have several local dairies. As those became unprofitable, the land was converted to Christmas trees and nursery stock. We had a large number of Mexican and other Central Americans working the trees.

Since 08 the call for such trees has declined a lot. We have noticed the absence of the workers. Have they left the country, or just our area? I don’t know but do know they’ve gone somewhere to find work or have gone home.

Just from what I’ve noticed, the Mexicans are usually the supervisors. The tree workers are really small guys that look more like hillbilly Indians. Yeah, I know I’m a racist for noticing that.

TugboatPhil on April 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I’ve said it before. The only way to reverse the illegal flow of people northward from Mexico is to import the abject poverty and corruption that they themselves are fleeing from, to the United States. Once economic conditions are as bad as, or worse than, those in Mexico, the tide will turn. It’s like osmosis.

ted c on April 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The economy tanked, illegals went home. When the economy gets better they’ll come back.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Was Romney right about self-deportation?

In a word, “Yes”.

Looks like Odumba$$ is gonna have to campaign in Mehico.
msupertas on April 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Not at all. Eric Holder will bring suit against the states to force them to forward absentee ballots to them in their “temporary” locations.

Meanwhile, Holder will also announce that due to the administration’s policies, illegal immigration has declined x%.

EconomicNeocon on April 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Jorge Zimmerman will never be a Liberal.

Bulletchaser on April 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Also, Hispanic voters tend to have the lowest turnout of any voting group, under 17%, I think.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

New voter ID laws may lower the number of illegals voting, even though they might have driver licenses. Let’s also hope that little Bammie’s support for the legal lynching of Zimmermann will turn off other hispanic voters.

slickwillie2001 on April 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The economy tanked, illegals went home. When the economy gets better they’ll come back.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Exactly right. Econ 101.

Which means that there’ll be jobs for them. Also Econ 101.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Por favor se no te gustas de aqui, vuelte para tu casa y tierra nativo e hacer lo una lugar buena!

Gracias.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

We don’t speak Chinese here, take it somewhere else.

Bishop on April 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Laws are for the citizens of the United States and we enforce them with a vigor!…Everybody else…hear nothing…see nothing…do nothing! Makes sense to me!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I see a problem with the trend that everyone seems to miss. Hard-working people return back to Mexico while criminals, drug dealers, freeloaders, and illegal voters stay. I would rather have it the other way around…

Archivarix on April 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Around where I live Mexicans are either construction workers or farm workers. Most of the framers, roofers, and road workers are from Mexico as are the farm workers. A lot of the farms have been leasing land in Mexico because they can get water down there. There is currently something of a construction boom in Mexico and little of it here so those guys are going home, too.

crosspatch on April 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Self deportation means illegals decide to go home because living in the US is too much of a hassle. That means no licenses, no in-state tuition for kids, no free health care, etc.

Self deportation because there are no jobs doesn’t count.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The Obama GOTV team is finding where they used to live so they can claim their ballots for them.

Tater Salad on April 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Now is the perfect time to build the fence, and impliment tough anti-illegal laws like in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Alabama.

After that, we can have a conversation about curbing legal immigration.

Rebar on April 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Someday, I’ll be telling my grandchildren that: “You know, back when I was your age, people used to COME to the United States looking for opportunity, not leave the US looking for a better life.”

kozmocostello on April 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Exactly right. Econ 101.

Which means that there’ll be jobs for them. Also Econ 101.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Too bad they’ll take the jobs from legal citizens. Also Econ 101 because they can be paid and treated like sh!t.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Self deportation means illegals decide to go home because living in the US is too much of a hassle. That means no licenses, no in-state tuition for kids, no free health care, etc.

Self deportation because there are no jobs doesn’t count.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Bingo-dingo. The current wave of ‘self deportation’ isn’t because the USA finally grew a set of balls, it’s because our economy stinks on toast.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

MelonCollie on April 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

great, you just gave ed a huge head today. He/She/It will be bouncing off walls for the rest of the day.

upinak on April 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Outside of blacks and single women, does Obama have any voter group that he isn’t losing influence with?

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Dead people in Illinois and brain dead people in California.

Oldnuke on April 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Por favor se no te gustas de aqui si no habla el idioma que a usted no le gusta, vuelte para tu casa y tierra nativono lo haces broma e hacer lo una lugar buenay coge un libro para que aprendes!

Gracias.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

There. Fixed it for ya.

And by the way, Google Translate does not work.

JoseQuinones on April 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Patient: Dr. Romney I’m sick
Dr. Romney: Just self medicate, you’ll be fine
Patient: Can’t you give me a prescription?
Dr. Romney: I said, self medicate. Now leave me alone.

Patient goes home and dies.

Dr. Romney: See self medication works, the patient is no longer sick.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

great, you just gave ed a huge head today. He/She/It will be bouncing off walls for the rest of the day.

upinak on April 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I try to give credit where credit is due…even if it’s due to someone who’s ten times nuttier than people say Ron Paul is.

Angry got it dead-on; ‘self-deportation’ is a total joke. Law enforcement might as well rely on convicted criminals to ‘self-jail’ by turning themselves in to lockup facilities.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

For the first time in decades, more people returned to Mexico than arrived from there

This statistic is based on the Obama policy of not giving a damn about how many cross the border moving north. Not counting them doesn’t mean they didn’t cross the border.

Self-deportation or forced deportation are numbers Obama is interested in so he say use them to show how mean the US is to latino families.

Its a bullshit statistic.

BobMbx on April 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

brain dead people in California.

Oldnuke on April 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

the walking dead ™

upinak on April 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

MelonCollie on April 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Melon, we all know it’s a joke… that is why this thread isn’t going anywhere.

upinak on April 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

12 million…?
Uh hoh please.

NeoKong on April 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

For California, that’s probably accurate.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Angry got it dead-on; ‘self-deportation’ is a total joke. Law enforcement might as well rely on convicted criminals to ‘self-jail’ by turning themselves in to lockup facilities.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Thats known as the “Otis Effect

BobMbx on April 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

great, you just gave ed a huge head today. He/She/It will be bouncing off walls for the rest of the day.

upinak on April 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Hey, right is right. This isn’t PuffHo here. :)

Too bad they’ll take the jobs from legal citizens. Also Econ 101 because they can be paid and treated like sh!t.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Yep. The issue here that everyone misses is: this border crossing is inevitable due to certain combinations of economic situations. It’s as irresistible as the tides.

Think of it as building a house. If you don’t put gutters and drainage in, you’ll have erosion problems. You can only blame yourself.

Our immigration system is deeply, deeply broken. From manual laborers to high-end researchers, there is no good system in place to address the outside pressures from either our southern neighbor or any other country.

So we lose the good employees from Europe and Asia in skilled labor (where we can’t produce workers fast enough, apparently), and we get an uncontrolled wash of unskilled labor in a boom/bust cycle that exacerbates our own.

Great.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The liberal line on illegals is two fold:

1. You can’t deport 20 million people.

OK then make them self deport by not giving them any free shit.

2. It is cruel to not provide illegals the basics like education, health care, a driver’s license.

No matter what is done, the liberals will fight it.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Patient: Dr. Romney I’m sick
Dr. Romney: Just self medicate, you’ll be fine
Patient: Can’t you give me a prescription?
Dr. Romney: I said, self medicate. Now leave me alone.

Patient goes home and dies.

Dr. Romney: See self medication works, the patient is no longer sick.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

And just like that, he’s back to being wrong.

RDS. What a sad, sad waste.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Exactly. If a an engineer from Spain wants to come here, it’s a mountain of paperwork and a 5 year wait. If a dishwasher from Tijuana wants to come here, no problem, come on in.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Let’s also hope that little Bammie’s support for the legal lynching of Zimmermann will turn off other hispanic voters.

slickwillie2001 on April 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

That would be “white hispanic voters”, not your run-of-the-mill hispanics.

Make note of it.

BobMbx on April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The liberal line on illegals is two fold:

1. You can’t deport 20 million people.

OK then make them self deport by not giving them any free shit.

2. It is cruel to not provide illegals the basics like education, health care, a driver’s license.

No matter what is done, the liberals will fight it.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

And back to rationality!

Wow. It’s like someone’s flicking a light switch!

OK. Ed’s not a moby. He just hates Mitt. Beyond any possible realm of reason.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

And just like that, he’s back to being wrong.

RDS. What a sad, sad waste.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I’m not wrong at all. Romney is using self-deportation to mean deportation for economic reasons not deportation because the govt made it harder for them to be here. If you took your Mittens #1 Fan t-shirt off for a second you’d realize this as well.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Exactly. If a an engineer from Spain wants to come here, it’s a mountain of paperwork and a 5 year wait. If a dishwasher from Tijuana wants to come here, no problem, come on in.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I have direct experience with this — a friend of mine was waiting for three years for a visa to come in from Italy and work at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab on high-performance computing in particle physics. Three years, he waited at CERN. No dice.

Finally, Apple hired him for a similar job in Europe. And the US lost all that money invested in employing him.

Shame.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That would be “white hispanic voters”, not your run-of-the-mill hispanics.

Make note of it.

BobMbx on April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Let’s see if it works, Marion Barry: “We got to get rid of these dirty
Asian Latino shops” yeah it works with any ethnicity/

Dr Evil on April 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Whither Aztlán?

Greek Fire on April 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’m not wrong at all. Romney is using self-deportation to mean deportation for economic reasons not deportation because the govt made it harder for them to be here. If you took your Mittens #1 Fan t-shirt off for a second you’d realize this as well.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Not an unalloyed fan. Just irked by underinformed or irrational commentary. Like when anyone gets ignorant about his past, or moral core, or religion. (IMHO, he’ll lose).

And I agree that Mitt was incorrect — permanent self-deportation will come when we treat illegals as illegals.

That’s a more complex problem, though.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

OK. Ed’s not a moby. He just hates Mitt. Beyond any possible realm of reason.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

That’s what I’ve been saying all along! (Ed, don’t make a fool of me)

Night Owl on April 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

It’s the economy, stupid.

mythicknight on April 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I don’t buy it. Tell it to the dozens of moms and their hundreds of children under five just within one mile from me that returning to Mexico and giving up their food stamps, WIC, housing assistance and free education and medical care is a great idea. Also, considering Obama has all but promised amnesty in his second term, what person is going to choose NOW to return to an increasingly violent Mexico? Not sure what is motivating this “self-deportation” talk, but it’s crap!

JasperBallbaggins on April 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Patient goes home and dies.

Dr. Romney: See self medication works, the patient is no longer sick.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

.
Drama queen time.

Don’t forget their right to proper access for contraception as well.

FlaMurph on April 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Looks like Odumba$$ is gonna have to campaign in Mehico.

msupertas on April 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

question is, is he fluent in Mexican? :-)…

jimver on April 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

A large chunk of the problem is also the “tourists” from around the world that come on a tourist visa and never leave. It’s a lot harder for them to leave, because they have to get on an airplane.

RBMN on April 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Exactly.

And legal immigrants coming here to escape “persecution” at home. Most of this is pure fantasy there is no valid persecution. Like all the Haitians flooding America since Obama became President.

And all these illegals vote. Pathetic.

Romneys solution. They will go home on their own. Right.

Course matters not Romney has a snowballs change in a volcano of winning this election.

Steveangell on April 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Patient goes home and dies.

Dr. Romney: See self medication works, the patient is no longer sick.

angryed on April 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

awww, melodrama time for angryed…

jimver on April 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Unemployment is much lower in Mexico.

stvnscott on April 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

No, Romney is wrong. Illegal immigrants still came here. And of the, lets be realistic, ~30-40 million illegals that are already here, most have not left, and never plan on leaving.

Just because some leave, does not mean the remaining illegals are not a burden on America.

milcus on April 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Now that Tina’s gone, Puddn’head picks up the slack on the Amnesty shilling.

sartana on April 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

If this is, in fact, true, it’s great news. But, chances are that it is MSM propaganda to lull the public into thinking that illegal immigration is ceasing to be a problem prior to the 2012 elections.

If we make e-verify mandatory and cut entitlements to non-citizens, we will see real progress. Until then ….

bw222 on April 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Will those who stay become more Republican?

Not so much with democrat operatives lying to them daily and getting away with it.

Speakup on April 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Why should expecting our immigration laws to be respected and enforced always be called “hardline”?? Is expecting our laws on bank robbery, child abuse, spousal abuse, etc., etc. to be enforced also “hardline”? I guess I’m a consistent “hardliner”.

Why is the GOP concerned about getting “only” 40% of the Hispanic vote? The 40% who are “hardline” on immigration law?

Why do so many bleeding heart Republicans, including McCain, Newt, Rubio, G W Bush, et al, advocate REWARDING criminals with their ill-gotten goods? Yes, awarding residency (or worse, a path to citizenship) to those illegal aliens who have stolen it IS rewarding criminals with their ill-gotten goods. And do these same politicians think this same policy would work in any other field of criminal activity – for instance, with jewel thieves??

Come on, GOP — grow a pair, settle for “only” 40% of the Hispanic vote, and enforce the damn laws — with apologies to no one, especially La Raza, et al.

And check the demographics of independents and Democrats in that poll — attrition is a sure winner.

“Attrition through enforcement” is the most sane, logical, effective, humane, economical, and just solution — remove the magnets of jobs, benefits, etc. and they will go home on their own. Listen to this illegal alien explain why he is going home to Mexico, after Georgia passed a strict enforcement law. What we now need is HR 2885 — national and mandatory E-Verify.

fred5678 on April 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Looks like Odumba$$ is gonna have to campaign in Mehico.

msupertas on April 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

question is, is he fluent in Mexican? :-)…

jimver on April 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Obama :Yo Quiero

Dr Evil on April 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

This is just a set up for amnesty talk. “We don’t have a problem anymore”. Where I live at least 1/2 the signs are in Spanish. I’m not complaining. I really don’t care who lives around me as long as they don’t bother me. I’m not trying to be part of some supposed racist euro white movement that the regime always warns us about.
That being said, illegal immigration is a problem. I don’t know of another country where undocumented = oppressed/saintly/necessary. Also, we don’t even know if it’s 10 or 20 or 30 million. We do know that we have a lot of unemployed citizens right now. In any other country, the great majority would call this a problem and not be demonized.

I live in a very Mexican area and I have not seen an exodus of the population. They are not coming but the ones here are not leaving. They have roots now. When some amnesty is offered then many more people are going to come up with many fake papers and many false histories. There can’t and won’t be enough bureaucrats to trace and confirm lineage and employment. Also, many bureaucrat/gatekeepers will have a new lucrative business in bribe collecting.

The illegal immigration problem still exists and all this net immigration is 0 talk is just a set up for an amnesty plan being pushed by a union of big labor(used to be anti illegal-see Cesar Chavez ) and big business.

BoxHead1 on April 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Outside of blacks and single women, does Obama have any voter group that he isn’t losing influence with?

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Pretty much anyone with a dog.

BettyRuth on April 24, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Obama’s policies have ruined the economy so badly that, with 16-17% “under-employment” among American citizens and LEGAL immigrants, many of them are taking jobs formerly held by illegal Mexican immigrants. Mexicans can’t find jobs, so they go back to Mexico.

Romney complained in a debate that we need better border enforcement because a “jobs magnet” was drawing Mexicans into the United States. Maybe Obama “solved” that problem by turning off the jobs magnet, which turned off the magnet for future Democrats.

Steve Z on April 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

These numbers are meaningless because no one knows how many people have been secretly crossing the border for over 20 years. More smoke and mirrors to get you to take your eye off the ball and think that things are going in the right direction. I have no doubt that some are leaving. (Rats leaving a sinking ship.) But millions remain and they are here for their own self-interest, no for the good of the nation.

Fender54 on April 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

But millions remain and they are here for their own self-interest, no for the good of the nation.

Fender54 on April 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I sympathize… but you do realize that there are tens of millions of citizens that fit that same bill?

There are millions of illegals that would love to be Americans. I know a number of them.

Prufrock on April 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

In Gainesville, GA (the chicken capitol of America) back during the Bush administration, the Immigration Department targeted the chicken processing industry. Illegals started to pick up and move to other states. After a raid on one particular plant, 60 illegals were either arrested or disappeared within days. The next week they had a hiring day to fill the 60 positions. They got nearly 800 applications. 800 Americans applying for jobs that Americans won’t do.

peacenprosperity on April 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Today, National Journal says Romney has been vindicated by a new study of immigration from and to Mexico.

Sure he has.

When the economy rebounds [it always does eventually] we will be right back to square 1, and in the meantime there are plenty of ILLEGALS working in America while unemployment remains historically high.

Mitt Romney: Doing the jobs that real Americans refuse to do. /s

DannoJyd on April 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

From South Park: “When we said we wanted Obama to do something about illegal immigrants, we didn’t mean ‘make it suck so bad they’d WANT to go.’”

arik1969 on April 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM

“Was Romney right about self-deportation?”

Resposta: Si

scotash on April 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Mexico…North of the Rio Grandee?

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM