In fact, while the latest INS figures show a 75% increase in the deportation of Arabs and Muslims (FY 2002 compared to FY 2001), the same figures show an OVERALL DECREASE of 16% in the total number of deportations. In FY 2002, 28,833 fewer deportations took place than the preceding year; the biggest decline was among Mexicans, the single largest national group, which saw a decline of 32,692 illegal alien Mexicans.
Who are the illegal aliens in America? Mostly Mexicans and they are a growing percentage of the total.
Mexicans made up 69 percent, or 4.8 million, of the illegal immigrant population in 2000, compared with 58 percent in 1990, the INS said.
Note that estimates for the number of illegal aliens run from 8 million as high as 12 million people. However, what is uncontroversial is that the number is increasing even as the number deported is decreasing.
The education level of the illegals is much lower than that of the US native born population. One reason for that is that Mexico's education system produces very few high school graduates.
Lorenzo Meyer, a historian and political analyst in Mexico City, said Mexico needs "an education revolution" to improve workers' skills and, ultimately, their wages.
In recent years, younger children have been staying in school longer, but progress is slow. Students typically quit before high school; the national average is slightly less than eight years of schooling.
Rather than spending money on Liberian military adventures the US ought to spend the money to build a wall on the border with Mexico and to improve the education of Mexicans in Mexico. The vast bulk of the poorly educated people in Mexico are not going to come to the United States. There are over 100 million people in Mexico. Their standards of living can't all be raised by immigrating illegally to the United States. The Mexican government continues to try to export their problems to America. This should be strenuously resisted. We should start pressuring the Mexican government to seriously fix what is wrong with Mexico. Both countries would derive a great deal of benefit if Mexico became a more prosperous place.
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