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  •  Nonsense (0+ / 0-)

    The US doubling in size in a couple of decades? We have "taken in" 10% to 20% of Mexico (I assume you are not talking about the treaty of Hidalgo)?

    I understand the economic spin. Anti-immigrant people clearly want to emphasize one part of economics (that immigrants take jobs) without mentioning the other half (that immigrants create jobs.

    But to make up silly statistics about population is another level of dishonesty.

    I give you credit for not mentioning leprosy.

    •  Not A Doubling (0+ / 0-)

      U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050

      If current trends continue, the population of the United States will rise to 438 million in 2050, from 296 million in 2005, and 82% of the increase will be due to immigrants arriving from 2005 to 2050 and their U.S.-born descendants, according to new projections developed by the Pew Research Center.

      But at least a 50% increase.

      We have "taken in" 10% to 20% of Mexico

      If one uses the most conservative estimates of 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., and uses the Pew estimates that 56% or 57% percent of those illegal immigrants are from Mexico, that would mean that at least 6.72 million illegal immigrants are from Mexico. This is against Mexicos's July 2008 population estimate of 109,955,400.

      This is not counting legal immigrants of which Mexico has made up the majority for years now.

      <div style="font-size:10px;text-align:center;background-color:#ffd;color:#f33">If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow - G. Bush

      by superscalar on Fri Oct 09, 2009 at 06:51:52 AM PDT

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    •  Some reference material (0+ / 0-)

      I've read of just how many immigrants are coming here from many sources.  Here is one:

      As far as immigrants creating jobs you no doubt are partially correct.  There are no doubt talented  immigrants who in many cases work harder than the Americans.  But a great deal of the benefit accrues to the immigrants or the immigrant community itself.  And if you think immigration isn't being misused by employers or that immigrants can't be racist discriminators I suggest you read the following:

      This is from the Indian press:

      Why do so many immigrants "coincidentally" end up coming from the poor countries such as India and not Japan or Western Europe?

      As hard as it is to believe today, there once was a time when meat packing was a unionized coveted job for American workers.  Today a great deal of that has been taken by Spanish speaking workers.  

      I still think much of the blame for our immigration problems belongs with American employers and foreign governments who want to send us their excess people.

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