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If the GOP is answering the “influx” of undocumented immigrants with increased border security, then they’ve got the entire issue wrong.
For the seventh consecutive year, visa overstays have been consistently outpacing illegal border crossings. Visa overstays accounted for 62 percent of new undocumented immigrants while illegal border crossers accounted for only 38 percent of those same immigrants. At the same time, illegal border crossings have been recorded at its lowest levels in the past three decades.
Sure, conservatives might care about the seriousness of illegally crossing the border, but look at the racial composition of those overstaying their visas.
Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy–largely Caucasian countries–comprise 40 percent of the top 10 countries whose citizens are responsible for visa overstays–with Canadian citizens making up over 1/7th of that population.
It makes no sense for any reasonable policy maker to ignore the massive influx of visa overstays–committed by those with a lighter skin color–to focus on a declining number of border jumpers–committed by those with a darker skin color.
Therefore, liberals default to the next reasonable explanation.