The Guests Who Wouldn’t Leave: Mexico Edition

Anyone want to take a guess what Mexico’s main source of foreign income is? If you said oil, automobiles, sliver or rope hammocks, you’re wrong. According to Forbes: “Remittances Supersede Oil As Mexico’s Main Source Of Foreign Income.”

For those of you not familiar with the term remittance, here’s a little help from

remittance: noun


the sending of money, checks, etc., to a recipient at a distance.


money or its equivalent sent from one place to another.
You might have noticed that I used the word guests, more on that later. Remittances, the money that Mexican workers earn in the U.S. (virtually tax free) and send back to their ‘home’ country in the 1st quarter of 2016 totaled $6.2 Billion! Last years’s annual total exceeded $24 Billion, and 1st quarter of this year is showing a sharp increase over last year’s 1st quarter.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), claims that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers more than $113 billion each year.Key Findings:

  • Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
  • The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that locality
  • Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.
  • At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.
  • Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.

Wow, let that sink in. The feds recoup about 1/3 of the outlays and the states and localities take a whopping 95% LOSS – what sane country would allow this insane pattern to continue,let alone happen in the first place? Don’t answer that.
Mexicans living in the U.S. legally or illegally receive just about every benefit the U.S.has to offer- (medical, financial and social) and in many cases more easily eligible than American citizens – in many cases, American citizens are embarrassed or to proud to even apply for such benefits. Free education, legal representation, low cost or FREE housing, free medical care and food stamps, to name a few.
Via Judicial Watch, 2013:
Judicial Watch today released documents detailing how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with the Mexican government to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program.
The promotion of the food stamp program, now known as “SNAP” (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA with a statement advising Mexicans in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance.  Emphasized in bold and underlined, the statement reads, “You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.”  


If you listen to our politicians or the press, you’ve probably heard the number ’11 Million’ mentioned over and over,  since Bill Clinton was president and without so much as a slight upward revision – my guess is that the number is closer to about 30 – 35 Million immigrants living in the U.S illegally.

So, in return for our gracious hospitality and breath taking largesse, Mexicans living in the U.S. repay America by sending $24 Billion per year back to the country they willingly escaped from. This is why I refer to them as guests, no citizen or person who desires to ever become one could possible treat their host country in this manner.

As I was writing this, I decided to check and see if the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. had been updated, herE’s what I found. Looks like somebody forgot about the memo and a little bit of ‘truth’ accidentally slipped out of his mouth. Via Breitbart News:

Mexico’s former ambassador to the U.S. said that 30 million “undocumented immigrants” are living in the United States in the beginning of an interview before later stating a different number at the conclusion.

The former ambassador stated,” If you were to deport the 30 million undocumented immigrants in the United States that’s going to cost you about 130 billion dollars.” Contrary to the former ambassador’s initial numbers and to Rubio, MSNBC showed an image while Sarukhan spoke claiming 11 million illegal aliens were in the country. Sarukhan then stated later in the interview that there are 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the country, though he did not address his former assertion that 30 million are here. Many conservative and border watchdog groups have long contended that the actual number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is closer to 30 million while the U.S. government contends the number is closer to 11 million.




As a 2nd generation Italian American, I am fully aware of how immigration contributed to the success of our nation, but there is a difference. First and foremost, the immigrants who came at the turn of the century came here to become American citizens, not to suck the country for all they could and send all their winnings back home with the intention of eventually returning. There was no welfare, food stamps, social security or free medical care, they worked for it all and in the process they saved every penny, started businesses, bought homes and built communities. And yes, they bussed tables and picked vegetables too!

Secondly, there were immigration ports – people didn’t just walk, swim or boat over the border, untouched.



Ellis Island After a government survey of potential locations, Ellis Island was the site chosen for an entirely new United States immigration station. Several Manhattan sites were previously rejected because earlier newcomers had been routinely and ruthlessly exploited as they left Castle Garden. On an island, the immigrants could be screened, protected, and filtered slowly into their new culture. From April 1890 through December 1891, a barge office near the U.S. Customs House at the foot of Manhattan served as the immigration station and on 1 January 1892, the Ellis Island Immigration Station was opened.



The Immigrants During the 1700s, there was an influx of German and Scots-Irish immigrants, many of whom arrived as indentured servants or “redemptioners” and stayed in the city to work off the cost of the passage. Between 1847 and 1854, the port of Philadelphia ranked 4th in terms of immigration, receiving 4.4 percent of immigrants arriving in America. By 1870, more than 25 percent of the city’s 750,000 residents were foreign, with 100,000 Irish and 50,000 Germans comprising the majority of the immigrant population and English and Scottish immigrants accounting for much of the remainder. Beginning in the 1880s, Philadelphia’s immigrant population became more diverse, with significant populations of Italians, Hungarians, Poles, and Russian and Eastern European Jews (particularly following the pogroms that were carried out in the early 1880s and 1900s) entering the mix. While earlier immigration groups were spread out throughout the city and surrounding areas, these newer groups tended to settle in ethnic enclaves. Between 1880 and 1900, Philadelphia was the port of entry for 5.6 percent of immigrants, but between 1910 and the advent of World War I in 1914 that dropped to 4.8 percent. The quotas set in 1924 put the brakes on immigration, particularly from southern and eastern European countries and in the post-World War I era, less than 1 percent of the nation’s immigrants passed through the Philadelphia’s port


Soon after the 1924 Immigration Act was adopted, traffic through Ellis Island subsided to a trickle. A final revision of the “national origins” quota system went into effect in 1929. The maximum number of all admissions to the United States was reduced to only 150,000 people annually and was a deliberate attempt to set permanently the ethnic and racial mix of America. 

It seems that there was actually a time when logical thinking prevailed.



I am a big fan of immigration and cultural diversity but it needs to be done in an organized and controlled manner. The goal of the nation which is welcoming immigrants should be first to protect the current population and second to assimilate the incoming citizens to the societal and cultural norms of the host country – not the reverse.

When American workers are forced to train incoming foreigners as their own replacements, forced to pay more taxes to feed, house and educate indigent immigrants, losing $113 Billion on failed immigration policies, or bullied into accepting non-screened immigrants from well known terror hot spots, it’s time to stop everything and reevaluate the process.

Just my opinion…

photo credit: FLICKR//THOMAS HAWK