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Forget Trump's Wall - Mexicans Are Fleeing America, and That's Bad News

Ken Braun - MLive
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November 26, 2015
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Study: More Mexican Immigrants Leaving U.S. Than Entering (The Young Turks)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump says he'd build a wall along the Mexican border to keep out undocumented workers. Not to be outdone, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, declared in the last GOP debate that the undocumented workers are stealing American jobs and driving down wages.

Meanwhile, the Democratic candidates, and the Democratic president they wish to succeed, cling to a narrative that Barack Obama's economic policies have put the nation in recovery from a recession that ended more than six years ago.

A new report from the Pew Research Center dispels the myths these politicians wish to believe.

The headline number is that the United States experienced a net reduction of 140,000 Mexican-born citizens from the end of the recession in 2009 through 2014. The total Mexican-born population living in the U.S. peaked at 12.8 million in 2007 and fell sharply to 11.7 million last year. While illegal immigration may be considered an enduring crisis by a few GOP candidates, Pew's look at the data from both countries reveals the flow of Mexicans crossing the border in either direction is at the lowest level since the 1990s.

Even if we accept that there ever was a real problem necessitating the "Great Wall of Donald," we are now living in the era when the alleged problem is smaller than it has been in decades. And getting our southern neighbors to pay for Trump's big-government extravagance seems problematic when the net traffic flow is into their nation rather than into ours.

It's quite defensible to say that everything The Donald is telling his deluded followers about this issue is exactly backwards from the truth. It's less kind, but equally defensible, to say he's either ignorant about his signature issue — or just lying.

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