For last five years our net immigration from Mexico has been zero.

If this surprises you as much as it surprised me, then read Jonathan Last in the Weekly Standard in which he argues for more illegal immigration:

 if we were talking about reforming the immigration system in 1990—or 1995, or 2000—the conversation would make a lot of sense. Immigration was on the rise and something new and different was happening in the system.

But at this particular moment, that's not the case. Once the Great Recession hit, it combined with declining fertility rates south of our border to drive down illegal immigration. Believe it or not, for the last five years our net immigration from Mexico has been zero.

What's more, unlike in the 1990s and early 2000s, when unemployment was low and labor markets were tight, we are in a prolonged period of extremely highunemployment with a great deal of slack in the labor market. At some point America may need an influx of new workers to help power economic growth. But that time most certainly isn't now.

In other words, we're being strong-armed into "reforming" the immigration system at the exact moment when the urgency for reform is at the lowest point in two generations. There simply are no practical reasons for having this discussion right now.

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  • This shows the simplicity of the illegal immigration argument. People think immigration only affects Latinos. In my neighborhood all the illegal immigrants are Eastern European or Middle Eastern. I can't tell you there's one Mexican family that shouldn't be here, but there are dozens of undocumented adults from other countries.

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