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Border Wall

1. Ronald Reagan advocated for “open borders” between Canada, México and the United States. On November 11, 1979 Reagan proposed a “North American accord” where people and commerce would move freely across the borders of Canada and México. [4]

Drugs

2. The United States consumes the most drugs in the world. Over 40% (42.4%) of Americans have used marihuana. Over 16% (16.2%) of Americans have used cocaine. Mexicans, 4% for cocaine and 7.8% for marihuana. [40, pg: 1057]

Crime

3. In 2015, 95% of all crimes in Texas were committed by native-born citizens. Only 3.1% of the crimes in were committed by undocumented immigrants. Legal immigrants committed 1.7% of the crimes. [21]

4. Undocumented immigrants accounted for 6.4% of the Texas population in 2015 but committed only 5.4% of all the homicides that year. U.S citizens made up 83% of the state but accounted for 93% of murder convictions. [21]

5. Texas arrested 815,689 individuals in 2015. Of those 93% were U.S. citizens. Only 4.6% were undocumented immigrants and 2.4% were legal immigrants. [21]

6. Criminology report argues that “suggestive evidence” points to immigrant populations may “contribute” to a drop in crime over decades. [22]

7. MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha originated in the Los Angeles mainly in the neighborhood of Pico-Union in the early 1979’s. [14, pg. 13]

8. MS-13 organized themselves as “stoners” around the rock music and drugs. They were fans of AC/DC, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and KISS. [14, pg. 14]

9. MS-13 is taking advantage of traditional migration patterns and is not sending members to set up new cells. [14, pg. 5]

10. The Barrio Azteca gang was formed in 1986 in an El Paso prison. In 2008, the gang became the Juarez cartel’s soldiers fighting the invasion of the Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel. They smuggled the weapons they used from the U.S. making Juárez the murder capital of the world. [28]

Deportations

11. The first significant mass-deportation of Mexicans was on February 26, 1931 in Los Angeles. Mexicans, including U.S. citizens of Mexican descent were deported to México. Fear was used to force people to leave; according to a June 1931 memorandum by the Los Angeles District director of immigration who wrote, “thousands upon thousands of Mexican aliens have been literally scared out of Southern California.” [2, page 123]

12. According to a 1931 U.S. government report, “the methods of immigration officials in apprehending suspects have gone to the length of forcibly detaining groups of people many of whom are aliens lawfully in this country, or even United States citizens, without any warrant of arrest or search.” The government report adds, “It is not only aliens who were involved in deportation proceedings; the rights of United States citizens are often infringed.” [3, pg: 133-135]

Immigrants

13. It is not a crime to be present in the United States without authorization per the U.S. Supreme Court: “as a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain present in the United States.” [13]

14. The percentage of immigrant farmworkers has dropped since 1998. It is now less than 20%. [16, pg. 2]

15. Since 2007, Mexican immigration to the U.S. has been declining. [38]

16. Since 2009, more Mexicans have left the U.S. than have entered. [38]

17. On October 1, 1969, Cesar Chavez told Congress that he had assigned his organizers “to do nothing but to check on undocumented immigrants” and give the Border Patrol the information. [9, pg 3]

18. Ronald Reagan welcomed immigrants. “But anyone, from any corner of the world, can come to live in America and become an American.” [4]

19. Ronald Reagan: “Rather than making them, of talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems, make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit, and then, while they’re working and earning here, they pay taxes here. And when they want to go back they can go back, and cross. And open the border both ways, by understanding their problems. This is the only safety valve they have right now, with that unemployment, that probably keeps the lid from blowing off…And I think we could have a fine relationship.” [5]

20. In a July 30, 1981 statement, Reagan stated, “our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands.” [6]

21. It is believed that between 1,000 to 2,000 undocumented immigrants risked their lives working the cleanup efforts after the 9/11 attacks. [34]

Mexicans

22. Seven Mexican immigrants have been awarded the nation’s highest military honor, The Medal of Honor. [41]

23. Mexican Gilberto Bosques Saldívar is credited with saving 40,000 people from the Nazi extermination camps. He was honored in 2007 by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. [11 & 12]

24. México ranks fourth in gender parity (women-men) in government. The U.S. ranks 102nd. [25]

25. On December 1, México’s Congress will consist of about 50% women, the United States has about 20% women. [24]

26. Sixteen Mexicans were killed in the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. [33]

Taxes

27. In 2014, undocumented immigrants paid $20.1 billion in federal taxes, $11.8 billion in Texas taxes and paid $1 billion to Texas communities. [15, pg: 3]

28. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration pays out to valid social security numbers only. [20, pg: 2]

29. The Social Security Administration: “our projections suggest that the presence of unauthorized workers in the United States has, on average, a positive effect on the financial status of the Social Security program.” [20, pg. 2]

30. In 2010, undocumented immigrants paid into the Social Security Trust Fund $12 billion more than it would have had and because the undocumented cannot take Social Security benefits it benefits the trust. [20. pg. 2]

31. Children born to undocumented immigrants are U.S. citizens and thus their contributions “to future generations of workers is the largest” benefit to the Social Security Trust Fund. [20, pg. 2]

32. As much as $13 billion was contributed to Social Security in 2010 by undocumented workers, they only took out about $1 billion in benefit payments, thus contributing $12 billion to the Trust Fund. [20, pg. 2]

Trade

33. México sent 2.33 million cars to the U.S. in 2017. [30]

Unemployment

34. Ronald Reagan radio address on November 29, 1977 “But it makes you wonder about the illegal alien fuss. Are great numbers of our unemployed really victims of the illegal alien invasion or are those illegal tourists actually doing work our own people wont [sic] do?” [7]

35. Ronald Reagan: “Illegal immigrants in considerable numbers have become productive members of our society and are a basic part of our work force. Those who have stablished equities in the United States should be recognized and accorded legal status. At the same time, in doing so, we must not encourage illegal immigration.” [6]

36. Although immigrants tend to be employed in specific jobs, there are no major industries where immigrants outnumber U.S. born workers. [17]

37. Construction work (16%) and restaurants (14%) are the two largest industries for undocumented workers. [17]

38. In 2017, 17.1% of the American workforce was immigrant, both documented and undocumented. [18, pg. 2]

39. In Texas, 382,000 jobs are dependent on trade with México. [29, pg: 2]

40. Nearly 5 million (4,853) American jobs depend on trade with México. [29, pg: 1]

United Nations

41. The United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 by 51 countries. México was one of the founding members. [26]

42. México is the 27th largest contributor to the United Nations. [27]

U.S.-México Relationship

43. Ronald Reagan considered Mexican immigrants a benefit to the American economy. “We must recognize that both the United States and Mexico have historically benefited from Mexicans obtaining employment in the United States.” [6]

44. The United States has invaded México 8 times. México has invaded the U.S. once. [23]

45. In October of 1846, about 175 American immigrants, most of them Irish, deserted from the American lines and joined Mexican defending against the American invaders during the Mexican-American War. They became known as the Batallón de San Patricio. [36]

46. A 35-vehicle Mexican military convoy crossed the U.S.-México border on September 8, 2005 to render aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. [37]

47. The Mexican Navy ship, Papaloapan provided much needed supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2005. [37]
48. Twenty Mexican pilots of Squadron 201 were awarded the U.S. Air Medal for their air combat in the Philippines during World War II. [32, pg: 14]

Violence

49. The world’s largest exporter of weapons is the United States. The U.S. exports 34% of all global weapons exports. Russia is number two. [39]

Violence Against Immigrants

50. The 2004 Minuteman Project was not the first extrajudicial group to block immigrants from crossing the border. Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers union used “wet lines” in 1974 to stop Mexican immigrants from crossing the border. 300 UFW members lined the border and physically stopped immigrants from crossing. [35, pgs: 293-294]

Sources:
1. Annual Report of the Immigration and Naturalization Service for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1954
2. Tirman, John; “Dream Chasers: Immigration and the American Backlash”; MIT Press, March 13, 2015
3. Oppenheimer, Reuben; “The Administration of the Deportation Laws of the United States, Report to The National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement”; United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1931
4. Cannon, Lou; “President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime”; Public Affairs, 2000; pg: 404
5. 1980 Republican presidential nomination between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
6. Ronald Reagan Statement on United States Immigration and Refugee Policy, July 30, 1981
7. Reagan, Ronald; “Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Own Revolutionary Vision for America”; Simon and Schuster, 2001; pg 302.
8. Marrero, Pilar; “Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation”; St. Martin’s Press, 2012; pg. 16.
9. Public Hearing Transcript of The U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee on October 1, 1969.
10. Minian, Ana Raquel; “Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration”; Harvard University Press, April 9, 2018
11. Bloomekatz, Ari B.; “’Mexican Schindler’ honored”; Los Angeles Times; December 1, 2008
12. November 27, 2013 Letter to Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, from Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, nominating Gilberto Bosques Saldívar for the “2014 Raoul Wallenberg Prize”
13. U.S. Supreme Court: Arizona v. United States 641 F. 3d 339; No: 11-182, Argued April 25, 2012, decided on June 25, 2012.
14. “MS13 in the Americas, How the World’s Most Notorious Gang Defies Logic, Resists Destruction”; InSight Crime and The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies; Department of Justice (National Institute of Justice) Funded project; Award No. 2013-R2-CX-0048
15. “Texas Needs The Workers!! – An Analysis of the Economic and Fiscal Impact of Undocumented Workers”; The Perryman Group; February 2016
16. Fan, Maoyong and Jeffrey M. Perloff; “Where Did All the Migrant Farm Workers Go?” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Policy Brief; July 2016
17. DeSilver, Drew; “Immigrants don’t make up a majority of workers in any U.S. industry”; Pew Research: Fact Tank; March 16, 2017
18. “Foreign-Born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics, 2017”; Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, News Release; May 17, 2018
19. “Immigration and Taxation”; Internal Revenue Service (IRS) presentation delivered in 2014
20. Goss, Stephen et al.; “Effects of Unauthorized Immigration on the Actuarial Status of the Social Security Trust Funds”; Social Security Administration Actuarial Note, Number 151, April 2013
21. Nowrasteh, Alex; “Criminal Immigrants in Texas: Illegal Immigrants Conviction and Arrest Rates for Homicide, Sexual Assault, Larceny, and Other Crimes”; Cato Institute Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 4; February 26, 2018
22. Light, Micheal T. and Ty Miller; “Does Undocumented Immigration Increase Violent Crime?”; American Society of Criminology: Criminology, Volume 56, Number 2; 2018
23. Paredes, Martín; “Mexican Wars”; Mexico Studies Online Project (mexicostudies.com)
24. Mexican and United States governmental websites
25. The Inter-Parliamentary Union; “Women in National Parliaments”; ipu.org; June 2018, updated by author.
26. The United Nations
27. McArthur, John and Krista Rasmussen; “Who actually funds the UN and other multilaterals?”; Brookings; January 9, 2018
28. Ortiz, Monique Uribe; “NPR Special Series: borderland: dispatches from the u.s.-mexico boundary”; NPR Morning Edition; March 25, 2014
29. Wilson, Christopher; “How Trade with Mexico Impacts Employment in the United States, a Working Paper”; Wilson Center, Mexico Institute; November 2016
30. LeBeau, Phil; “Despite Trump threats, vehicle imports from Mexico hit an all-time high”; CNBC, January 8, 2018
31. Martinez, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jen S.; “Mexican Immigrant Earns Medal of Honor During World War II”; DoDLive; December 24, 2017
32. Rochin, Refugio I. and Lionel Fernandez; “U.S. Latino Patriots: From the American Revolution to Afghanistan, An Overview”; The Smithsonian Center for Latino Studies; undated
33. There is some controversy to the actual number of Mexicans killed in the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. government recognizes five victims: Antonio Javier Alvarez, Juan Ortega-Campos, Antonio Melendez, Leobardo Lopez Pascual and Martin Morales Zempoaltecatl. The Mexican government acknowledges another ten victims but believes there were more. The problem lies in that as undocumented immigrants it is difficult to build a paper trail of their existence and presence in the tower during the attack.
34. Estimate provided by the Office of Congressman Joseph Crowley, New York 14th District to the news media in support of his bill, “9/11 Immigrant Worker Freedom Act”; HR3250
35. Pawel, Miriam; “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography”; Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2014
36. Paredes, Martín; “Batallón de San Patricio: the Irish Heroes of Mexico”; self-published; March 2008
37. Pace, Gina; “Mexico Sends First-Ever Aid North”; CBS News via the AP; September 7, 2005
38. Gonzalez-Barrera, Ana; “More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S.”; Pew Research Center, Hispanic Trends; November 19, 2015
39. Wezeman, Pieter D. et al.; “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2017”; Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI Fact Sheet; March 2018
40. Degenhardt Louisa et al; “Toward a Global View of Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis, and Cocaine Use: Findings from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys”; PLoS Medicine, Volume 5, Issue 7; July 2008
41. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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