Gordon Howie knows how to get attention. Shout “Too Many Mexicans” in a blog headline (without even the blog-dodge question mark), and folks will click to watch him do his Alec Baldwin turn on today’s “Imigration Report“:
Oh, for Pedro’s sake.
As is standard with too many of his blog posts, Howie builds his claim that one fourth of the Mexican population has migrated to the United States on flimsy information and leaps of logic. Howie inflates the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. by citing the claim of one former border patrol officer, Zack Taylor, who said in 2013 that he thinks there are 18 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Taylor’s claim appears to get play exclusively in the right-wing sub-press. I can’t find any authoritative sources citing Taylor, who, like Ted Cruz, appears to simply throw numbers off the top of his head. Taylor also believes not just in FEMA camps but FEMA coffins.
Howie asserts that the numbers of Mexican illegal immigrants have”obviously increased in the last couple years.” Obviously is an important word to listen for in speeches: it usually signals that the speaker has no evidence to back his claim. Howie doesn’t say what makes this increase obvious to him. He doesn’t mention or screen-crawl a source for his claim.
Real demographers say there are 11.5 million immigrants in the United States—3.5 percent of the U.S. population—and the number of Mexicans among that population has declined since 2007 to 5.9 million.
America is not home to one-fourth of Mexico’s population. And even if we were, who’s to say that would be “too many” Mexicans? Who’s to say we shouldn’t adopt Mr. Kurtz’s solution and bring 100% of Mexico’s population into America through statehood?