There were an estimated 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2012, according to Pew Research Center. Most are from Latin America, especially Mexico. The federal government has deported nearly 400,000 unauthorized immigrants a year since the start of the Obama administration. The administration has been criticized for inhumanely deporting too many people, while also being criticized for not deporting enough people.
Immigration policies have political and economic implications. Some fear that without strict policies, Mexicans will unite and be a powerful force to subvert U.S. citizens and take American jobs. Also, they fear that by not punishing unauthorized immigrants, the U.S. is encouraging illegal immigration.
Others contend that Mexicans keep America productive by doing the jobs that Americans are unwilling to do. Also, strict immigration policies encourage the exploitation of unauthorized immigrants.
Ultimately, how should the U.S.-Mexican immigration be reformed?
References are below.
All views and political orientations are welcome.
We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.
If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.
Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.
The Great Expulsion (The Economist)
The Rise of Federal Immigration Crimes (Pew Research Center)
Lost in Detention (Frontline video investigates the Obama Administration's immigration policy)
U.S. Immigration Reform Recommendations (Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force)
The Hispanic Challenge (Foreign Policy, how Mexican immigration will harm the U.S.)
The Case For Immigration
Hiring Locally for Farm Work is No Cure-All (New York Times, Mexicans working in American farms after Americans unwilling to work on farms)
Bill O'Reilly arguing with Geraldo Rivera about non-federal public officials enforcing federal deportation policies