Talking Points

Open borders advocates love to use myths and outright falsehoods to push their pro-illegal alien policies.  Here are just a few facts and figures you can use when debating the urgent need for border security:

  • While Mexico’s unemployment rate is officially just over 4%, that figure is used by the Mexican government to cover up the fact that millions of Mexicans can only find menial part-time work, making the under-employment rate much higher.
  • Over $300 billion has been wired out of the United States and into Latin America since 2001.
  • Since 1996, U.S. taxpayers have funded nearly $400 billion in services for illegal aliens.
  • Over two million “anchor babies” have been born in the U.S. since 2002.
  • Over 10 million skilled U.S. jobs have been taken by illegal immigrants.
  • According to a government audit, federal agencies comprise 17 of the top 100 organizations employing individuals using “non-work” social security numbers.
  • The number of illegal aliens in the U.S. is equal to the approximate population of New York City and Los Angeles combined.
  • If all the illegal aliens residing in the United States held hands, they could form a line that runs from New York City to Los Angeles and back.
  • Mexico produces more oil per year than Venzuela, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates or Kuwait, yet its people are still poor.
  • 80% of cocaine and 50% of the heroin smuggled into the United States comes across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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