The concerns of Americans worried about an overwhelming wave of illegal immigration taxing our nation’s resources to the limit have escalated of late because illegal immigration is expected to increase, while effective enforcement measures, such as deportation, have decreased.
Alan Gomez, an immigration reporter at USA Today, wrote a column on April 7 in which he noted: “There is growing consensus that changes in the economies of Latin America and the U.S. are creating the perfect climate for another wave of undocumented immigrants racing north.”
Gomez quoted Demetrios Papademetriou, whom he identified as president of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based non-partisan think tank that tracks migration around the world: “There will be more pressure for immigrants — both legal and illegal — to come to the United States.”
He also cites Pew Research Center studies showing that the size of the undocumented immigrant population has increased each year since 2010, climbing to the all-time high of 12.2 million — as well as a study conducted by two officials from the Central Bank of Mexico that Mexican migration to the United States will soon increase to levels not seen since before the recession of 2007-2009.
Gomez laments the fact that the House has not passed legislation similar to the Senate Gang of Eight bill passed last summer, writing: “House Republican leaders like Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, keep saying that immigration changes are a priority that must get done this year. But as the midterm elections approach, time is running out.”
He further warns: “If Congress fails, the only certainty remaining will be that we're on the verge of another wave of illegal immigration.”
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