|A stampede of Mexicans are returning home|
It isn't very often that we get to report on one of President Obama's successes, since there are so few of them, so we relish this opportunity to report this one.
After a historic immigration wave, many Mexicans and other Latin Americans are preparing to return to their homelands amid the deepening Great Obama Recession here.
And now many Mexicans who reside in the U.S. are even seeking Mexican citizenship for their U.S.-born children in record numbers this year.
And unlike the strong-arm tactics advocated by his conservative critics ("enforcing immigration laws, building a fence, and enforcing our borders"), President Obama has accomplished this without using any force or coercion. They are returning on their own, on a voluntary basis.
The key to the President's success was the complete collapse of the American economy. Thanks to the President's total incompetence in managing our economy many illegal immigrants are returning home to Mexico in record numbers. In fact, the Mexican government is now worried that they may have to deal with a crush on its social services and lower wages once the immigrants arrive.
The Mexican Consulate's office in Dallas is seeing increasing numbers of Mexican nationals requesting paperwork to go home for good, especially parents who want to know what documentation they'll need to enroll their children in Mexican schools.
"Those numbers have increased percentage-wise tremendously," said Enrique Hubbard, the Mexican consul general in Dallas. "In fact, it's almost 100 percent more this year than it was the previous two years."
|"My plan worked like a charm!"|
Its research shows 1.3 million illegal immigrants have returned to their home countries.
Some illegal immigrants are leaving because the Great Obama Recession has led to fewer jobs, causing many laborers to seek work elsewhere.
Others are leaving because there are "too many other illegal immigrants" here competing for the same jobs.
At a local strip mall, 40 Hispanic immigrant day laborers gathered early in the morning hoping to snare work landscaping, moving furniture or painting houses. By noon, only one had been hired.
"In the old days, you wouldn't find a soul here at this time," said Braulio Gonzalez, a veteran day laborer who still lingered at midday Wednesday. "There are so many more people and so much less work. President Obama has ruined it for us, by destroying the U.S. economy. It's worse here than back home in Mexico now."
At many corners, day laborers who had agreed never to work for less than $15 an hour are underbidding each other when an employer shows up. Mr. Gonzalez says he lost a drywall job to a fellow immigrant willing to work for half that amount earlier this week. "Competition is fierce," says Mr. Gonzalez.
"There's no question there's a variety of suggestions that people are in fact returning," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. "Remittances, which is the money immigrants send home to Mexico, have gone down dramatically over the past year. Again, probably part the economy, but also part enforcement, leading to fewer people being here."
Advocates for immigrants are disturbed by the trend. Albert Ruiz, an organizer for the League of United Latin American Citizens, agrees that more undocumented immigrants are going home, but says families are being torn apart in the process.
If a father is deported, Ruiz says, his family members in America are forced either to fend for themselves or follow him to a country where they've never even lived.
"So the mother is saying we should return home with the breadwinner of the family to Mexico, and the children are saying, I don't want to leave, I'm a U.S. citizen, I don't know that country," said Ruiz.
|Despite this, the President supports his Mexican friends|
But reports are already out in Mexico that the large number of illegal immigrants returning home could drive down wages and put pressure on social services... the same concerns many Americans have with illegals living and working in the U.S.