2007 December 13 Thursday
Hispanics In America Unhappy About Opposition To Illegal Aliens

Hispanics are unhappy about the majority's opposition to illegal aliens.

After a year of stepped-up enforcement against illegal immigration and polarized debate on the issue, about half of the Hispanics in the United States now fear that they or a relative or close friend could be deported, a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center found.

That means a large fraction of Hispanics in the US are either illegals or related to illegals and see a vested interest in supporting law breaking. So law breaking breeds the conditions for further law breaking. What to do about it? Totally crack down and enforce immigration laws. Do some big deportations. The illegals will mostly then self deport.

A quarter of Hispanics are illegal aliens. So the poll result is totally unsurprising.

Hispanics are the nation's largest minority group, numbering 47 million (about 15.5% of the total U.S. population). About a quarter of Hispanic adults are unauthorized immigrants, most of them arriving as part of a heavy wave of immigration that began gathering force in the 1970s. Twice in the past two years, the U.S. Congress tried but failed to pass comprehensive legislation to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. However, federal, state and local governments have pressed forward with hundreds of new enforcement bills, regulations and procedures--including stepped up deportations, more workplace raids, and restrictions on access to driver's licenses and other government services and benefits.

Those two failures by Congress to pass "comprehensive" immigration legislation were both attempts to grant massive amnesties and keep up with business as usual. Popular anger stopped those attempts. The masses triumphed in two battles with the elites. Though the outcome of the war is still far from certain. Steve Sailer says we are in a demographic death spiral. Sure looks that way.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 December 13 11:09 PM  Immigration Culture Clash

57parrothead said at December 14, 2007 1:03 PM:

The NYT's story is the most transparent piece of garbage I have seen yet on this issue. There is not even the pretense of balance, it's just more "those horrible, mean gringos are picking on us" drivel. Offhand, I'd say that if most Hispanics have friends or relatives who are illegal, or are illegal themselves, maybe they should be made to feel unwelcome. That's how it works in every other country I've visited.

Nobody said at December 14, 2007 1:09 PM:

If they were to return to their native lands, I sure they would fit in much better. They will not be mistreated anymore and we won't have to listen to their whining, not to mention their low IQ, criminal behavior(we have enough of that already).

pjgoober said at December 14, 2007 1:40 PM:

Wall Street Journal: "Stoking the Immigration Fire":
"Pro-immigration activists now concede that any attempt to revive a legalization bill is dead for perhaps five years,..."

Pro-immigration activists conceding something like that, even anonymously? I did a double-take when I read that. Shouldn't make us any less vigilant, though.

Luke Lea said at December 14, 2007 4:05 PM:

I suggest we strive to emphasize the positive side of immigration enforcement for Mexico and Mexicans, not just Americans.

On the one hand, massive immigration from poor countries to rich countries retards the economic development of poor countries, which hurts the majority of poor people who stay behind. There are good reasons this is so -- emigration to greener pastures strips a country of its human capital -- and plenty of evidence: look at how Mexico's per capita GDP stalled around 1965, after growing just as fast as it did in the U.S. in the first three decades after WWII.

And then there is the impact on Mexican governance which the return of millions of Mexican natives from north of the border is likely to have: these people have assets, skills, and most important of all, experience of what it is like to live in a country of laws and markets, as opposed to the nest of corruption and privilege which Mexico remains. The demands for reform will build, especially if supported by the U.S. government. We can tie our trade agreements to real reform, and even make Mexico a more attractive place to invest than China if we want to. I wouldn't even be opposed to using our corn surpluses to feed the unemployed in Mexico while they get their house in order.

If we really want to win this immigration debate, we have to appeal to the humanitarian instincts of our liberal elites, not just our own material and cultural interests. Not that the latter aren's plenty important -- they are -- but because we need to use all the arrows in our quiver. Just a thought.

Randall Parker said at December 15, 2007 12:33 PM:


We can't be less vigilant for another reason: the illegals are still pouring in. We need to reverse the flow.

Luke Lea,

I quite agree. If these illegals are so valuable to us then surely we need to send them back to Mexico where they can bestow their skill and wisdom on that poor country.

americana said at November 8, 2011 5:30 PM:

well its so nice to read this, because i just find out that i have a low IQ, and criminal behavior just because you said it. well let me tell you, i have only 5 years in this country and so far i knew that my IQ was pretty high actually and no criminal behavior at all. actually even though my english is not perfect i've been able to pay my own carreer in a private college i have my own car almost done with my master and have a great job, probably i earn more than you do :) also all my friends dispite of being illegals have theire own carrears or are working on it. so how dare you to come and post things that probably you dont know nothing about. try to go around your neighborhood and find out how many latinos have their own business. Also let me informe you that most of immigrants do not go back home not because theire quality life is better in here but because they are scared of being killed or because all what they have is in this country. so please make all of us a big favor and inform your self before opening your mouth. God Bless YOu...

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