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Is There Another Country With an Illegal Immigration Problem?

Mexico’s immigration laws much tougher than ours
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Millions of Mexicans come to the U.S. illegally to work. But did you know that Mexico has its own illegal immigration problem?

The New York Times reports that last year Mexican authorities caught 1.5 million immigrants illegally crossing the Mexican border. Most of them are from Guatemala, just south of Mexico.

They’re going to Mexico to earn $6.00 a day working in the fields—jobs that Mexicans no longer do because so many have come to the U.S. to earn $6.00 and hour.

Ironically, Mexican immigration laws are much tougher than ours. And the country only grants citizenship to about 3,000 people a year, compared to half a million in the U.S.

The lesson: economic opportunity is relative, and workers will leave relatives for economic opportunity.

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Merrill Matthews is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter: @MerrillMatthews.

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