This was posted yesterday on one of my GaryNorth.com site’s forums.
You seem to have little to say about the illegal immigration issue unfolding on our southern border. Do you have any information why this is occurring now? Do you have any thoughts on how it should be dealt with and why?
First, I invoke Franklin Roosevelt’s law of politics: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”
Second, the story has two halves: outside the USA and inside. We need to consider both in order to make sense of either.
Third, immigration arrests were down by 75%, FY 2000 to FY 2013.
Fourth, the media are focusing on a small component of this immigration this year: immigration from Central America. It’s up this year to about 204,000. With three months to go until the end of fiscal 2014, this might hit 250,000.
There is not a word from the Border Patrol on immigration from Mexico in FY 2014. There is also not a word on former immigrants from Mexico who are returning to Mexico. This has increased since 2000. Net immigration from Mexico has been close to zero for a decade.
Fifth, the lure is the hope of amnesty. If they can get on this side of the Mexican border, they may be allowed to stay.
My subscriber wants to know “Why now?” I’ll tell you why now.
1. INSIDE THE USA
I cite the Wikipedia article on The REAL ID Act. It’s the law. It has been for nine years.
The REAL ID Act of 2005, Pub.L. 109–13, 119 Stat. 302, enacted May 11, 2005, was an Act of Congress that modified U.S. federal law pertaining to security, authentication, and issuance procedures standards for the state driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.
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