Is Immigration Really an Issue?

Immigration: a non-issue being pushed on the American public to divert attention from issues that actually effect us in a bad way yet, usually results in the wealthy get wealthier. You know, so we won’t look deeper into where the real blame for our troubled society lies

Here are 5 facts about illegal immigration you won’t hear on Fox News or from 'Our National Embarrassment'. It will show that undocumented immigrants and migrant workers do not impact the lives of Americans in even a mildly significant way except that the fruits and vegetables we eat are more affordable because of their inexpensive labor.

Trump's whole campaign started with immigration as his main issue. He started by asserting Mexicans were criminals and rapists and went on and on about building a wall, as if a wall will really keep Mexicans or anyone out for that matter. He has been disgracefully parading mothers of victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants as if it's a common, reoccurring daily atrocity when nothing could be further from the truth. Of course when you have an estimated eleven million undocumented immigrants is the U.S. there will be some who commit violent crimes but he makes it sound much worse than it really is.

Here are 5 facts about immigration that will surprise you and demonstrate that immigration should be way down on the list of major concerns facing Americans.

(Sources: The Pew Research Center, Department of Agriculture and the U.S Census)

Fact #1 - There were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2014 and currently makes up 3.5% of the nation’s population. This number is down from 4% - 12.2 million in 2007. Down, as in less undocumented immigrants entering the U.S.

Fact #2 - Undocumented Mexicans make up about half of all unauthorized immigrants (49%), though their numbers have been declining in recent years. There were 5.6 million Mexican unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2014, down from 6.4 million in 2009. When Republicans use that figure of over 11 million undocumented illegals living in the U.S. just over half of them are not Mexican. They are mostly Eastern Europeans, middle and southern Americans (south of Mexico), Asians, Caribbeans and Middle Easterners. So, there is not a flood of Mexicans pouring across the border as Trump or the man on the radio would have you believe. The “Wall” is not necessary and realistically not even doable. Yes, by all means target the drug cartels, they are the undocumented immigrants we should be most concerned with.

Fact #3 - Six states alone account for 60% of unauthorized immigrants - California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

Fact #4 - Unauthorized immigrants make up 5.1% of the U.S. labor force. There were 8.1 million unauthorized immigrants either working or looking for work in 2012 and the vast majority of the jobs they were occupying were jobs Americans were likely not capable of or just did not want to do. Illegal Mexicans make up less than 3% of the U.S. workforce. Less than 3%!

Fact #5 - Welfare and Taxes. According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the SNAP program, 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent were Native American. Illegals do pay taxes. They pay taxes when purchasing goods and services like fuel, utilities, clothes, shoes, tools, equipment, materials, etc. They may not pay income taxes but neither do legal workers who work for a wage below the poverty level.

Immigration was the foundation of Trump’s campaign and it is directed at Mexicans and the southern border. A lot of Americans forget that Mexicans have been in these United States since before we became these United States. They have helped build this country. They are Judaeo Christians with solid family values that guide their work ethic. To lump them all together along with rapists and criminals is simply enormously ignorant. Trump is not only pandering to the fears of white Americans, he is creating these fears.  As you can see from the factual data above, immigration is a non-issue. There are not hundreds of thousands of Mexicans pouring across the border as he would have some believe. Illegal immigration does not impact your family’s economic welfare at all, unless of course, you and/or your children plan to have a career picking fruits and vegetables, cleaning hotel rooms or working as a general laborer.

H. Andrew Eugene for The Human Political Party