This Just In! Mexico Is Immigration Numero Uno…Again


Despite the best efforts of the

immigration industry
to portray American immigration
as some sort of evenly-balanced

multi-cultural
pie, the truth is that, no matter how
you slice it, virtually all aspects of immigration—legal
and illegal— are dominated by one country:

Mexico
.

One of the most recent offerings
from the Department of Homeland Security`s

press room
showcases the department`s best efforts
to perpetuate the myth of balanced international
immigration.

Thus a DHS press release on
“Citizenship Day”
[USCIS
to Welcome More Than 20,000 New Citizens During
Citizenship Day Celebrations
,
September 17, 2004] burbles happily:

“The
102 new Americans naturalized on Ellis Island, including
two

U.S. Army soldiers
, are originally from the
following 44 countries:

Albania
,

Antigua
, Argentina, Bangladesh,

Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Brazil, Bulgaria,

China
,

Colombia
, Costa Rica,

Cuba
, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,

France
, Ghana, Greece, Guyana,

Haiti
, Honduras,

India
, Iran,

Ireland
, Italy,

Jamaica
,

Japan
,

Lebanon
, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand,

Nigeria
, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru,

Philippines
, Poland,

Romania
,

Russia
, South Korea, Sri Lanka,

Switzerland
, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine,

United Kingdom.

But this made-for-TV moment is
misleading.

For the truth of the matter, we
need only turn to the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS),
which just so happens to have released its annual

Yearbook of immigration statistics for 2003 —
[PDF].
This states clearly, on page 134:

“Mexico was the leading country of birth for persons
naturalizing in 2003, accounting for 56,093 new
citizens. Other major countries of birth for persons
naturalizing in 2003 were India (29,790), the
Philippines (29,081) Vietnam (25,995), the People`s
Republic of China (24,014), Korea (15,968), the
Dominican Republic (12,627), Jamaica (11,232), Iran
(10,807), and Poland (9,140). These ten sending
countries (including Mexico) represented 49 percent of
new naturalized citizens in 2003.”

And when you run the numbers some
more, a very different picture emerges.

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Mexico has been numero uno
in U.S. citizenship naturalizations every year for the
past ten years. It beat out perennial runner-ups India
and the Philippines hands down every time – often
combined.

In 2003, approximately 12.1 percent
of newly-minted citizens in the United States were
Mexican nationals—that is, more than one in ten.

And over the past ten years, one in
five

naturalized
American citizens hailed from

Mexico
. An incredible 1.3 million Mexicans became
American citizens in this period.

Also during 2003, Mexico was
numero uno
in these other statistical
categories listed in the DHS yearbook:

  • New lawful permanent
    resident aliens
    [LPRs]—115,864 new

    green card holders
    came from Mexico. In
    comparison, all of Europe combined brought only
    102,843 LPRs to the U.S.

  • Deportable aliens
    “located” by immigration law enforcement

    —956,963 Mexicans, of whom 882,012 were “located”
    by the U.S. Border Patrol. [Translation: “located”
    does not necessarily mean “and removed” from
    the U.S.”
    , though a majority were probably sent
    back through
    “voluntary departure.”
    ]

  • Aliens

    Apprehended
    [DHS-speak for “located”]—92
    percent Mexicans.



  • Expedited Removals
    —81 percent Mexican. A
    total of 35,038 Mexican aliens were actually sent back
    in this category.

  • Formal Removals [i.e.
    after

    EOIR
    proceedings]—137,819 formal removals
    to Mexico, including 62,518 criminal aliens.

  • “Required To Depart”—4,618
    Mexican aliens

    “required to depart”
    under docket control
    [Translation: although required, there`s no evidence
    they did, i.e. are probably fugitives.]

  • “Parolees” and


    “Deferred Inspection”
    —28,467 Mexican
    “parolees”
    at border Ports of Entry, with 1,670
    more admitted for “deferred inspection.”
    [Translation: these are suspect aliens who are
    nevertheless let into the U.S. for various
    reasons—including, amazing as it may sound, for
    subsequent removal proceedings.] Plus there are
    probably Mexicans among the staggering total of
    109,643 “other” aliens also paroled in at

    Ports of Entry.

  • Non-Immigrant Admissions
    [A

    nonimmigrant
    is "an alien admitted to the
    United States for a specified purpose and temporary
    period but not for permanent residence."
    This
    includes

    tourists
    ,

    students
    , and of course,

    terrorists
    .] — The only major category where
    Mexico was beaten. But its 4,307,144 non-immigrant
    admissions in 2003 were second only to the U.K
    (4,534,947). And no-one knows for sure who is really
    numero uno in this non-immigrant category,
    since the figures do not include an additional 264,777
    parolees to the U.S. (apparently without listing a
    country of origin.)

Mexico`s prolonged domination of
our recent immigrant inflow is quite contrary to U.S.
experience—historically, national origin groups rotated
quickly and did not combine to form a single

foreign-language bloc
. Plus, needless to say, this
Mexicanization is completely contrary to Edward Kennedy`s

assurances
, while piloting the 1965 Immigration
bill, through the U.S. Senate, that


“Contrary to the charges in some quarters,
[the
bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from
any one country or area…”

But what else is new?

When it comes to American
immigration statistics, the picture is not multicultural
at all.

The reality: Mexico is the
undisputed immigration numero uno. The DHS`
numbers speak for themselves—in Spanish.


Juan Mann [send him
email
] is a lawyer and the proprietor of

DeportAliens.com
.