I recently reported that Mexico is numero uno in just about every category of recent immigration to the United States—providing the most naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents, non-immigrant admissions, parolees, expedited removals, and illegal aliens apprehended and removed.
But there's even more to the story.
Mexico also is also numero uno in two more categories that will never show up in the Department of Homeland Security's statistical yearbook – amnesty winners and "Jackpot Babies."
The great majority of beneficiaries from the recent amnesty betrayals have been Mexicans.
The most disastrous green card giveaway ever, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA—we're still waiting for the "control"), legalized over 2.7 million illegal aliens. Approximately seventy-five percent of IRCA amnesty applicants were Mexican nationals. And when you add in Central Americans, Mexico and Central America "alone supplied nearly eighty-four percent of all [IRCA amnesty] legalizations," according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
Research by the CIS revealed that the 1986 amnesty was not merely highly concentrated among Mexican nationals, but among those living (illegally, of course) in Los Angeles, California. According to a 1999 report, "several hundred thousand applicants came from a dozen zip codes concentrated in a five mile radius of city hall in Los Angeles."
Mexico certainly leads the league in other recent amnesty giveaways, like the Immigration Act Section 245(i) adjustments of status.
Just for the record: every alien allowed to file for an immigrant petition for adjustment of status under Section 245(i) was by definition, a removable illegal I-L-L-E-G-A-L alien. These are the folks who could just as easily be given a one-way trip out of the country, rather than legal status outright through visa-jumping.
Whenever an illegal alien trades one type of expired or illegal status for a new legal one, future lawbreaking is encouraged by the prospect of legitimate status as a future reward.
Contrary to President Bush's proclaimed wish not to reward illegal behavior, his "temporary worker" Arizona Amnesty Plan does just that—it allows a change of status from "illegal" to "legal presence with work-authorization."
The millions of amnesty winners already in the United States are living proof that crime pays.
All of them already served notice on society that they aren't afraid to break American immigration laws. They lied, cheated and ultimately stole a way of life in the United States to which they were not entitled.
So it's no surprise that amnesty beneficiaries—especially fraudulent SAW (special agricultural worker) amnesty winners—now swell the ranks of the army of drug-smugglers, alien-smugglers and career criminals assaulting the southern border.
But does the DHS even keep records as to how many of these tens of thousands of ungrateful amnesty winners have been subsequently deported?...or put in through the charade of Immigration Court proceedings before the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review and then just sent right back out on the streets again?
Answer: no way.
Just how many previous amnesty winners have since been deported or placed in EOIR proceedings? And how many of them are Mexican nationals?
Again—the federal government isn't counting.
But it's time Americans were told the truth once and for all.
A VDARE.COM reader recently pointed out another Mexican numero uno:
"You forgot to include the 2 million Mexican anchor babies 'naturalized' over the past 10 years by the generous interpretation of the 14th Amendment."
Needless to say, neither the DHS, nor America's hospitals keep track of the immigration status of proud parents. So no one knows exactly how many illegal alien "jackpot babies"—so named by radio personality Terry Anderson—immigrate to the U.S. through an American delivery room every year.
But considering relative fertility rates, and the fact that Mexico already dominates both legal and illegal immigration into the U.S., Mexico must be numero uno in 14th Amendment immigration too—perhaps even, as my reader suggests, by a factor of ten.
Juan Mann [send him email] is a lawyer and the proprietor of DeportAliens.com.