Immigration

The latest decennial census shows that the Census Bureau's estimate for the number of Hispanics in the United States is too low, the Pew Hispanic Center reports.

In recent weeks, the American news media have carried numerous reports on the inability of the federal government to stop the flow of firearms from the United States to Mexico. For example, a recent story from the Associated Press repeated the findings from a 2008 study by The Brookings Institution which declared that “2,000 American guns are smuggled into Mexico each day.”

As violence continues to spread south of the U.S.-Mexican border, one of those who had been charged with the responsibility of enforcing the law has been forced to flee the rising tide of lawlessness in her community and her nation. Marisol Valles García, the police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, is the latest official to flee Mexico, and is now seeking asylum in the United States.

Over the past five years, the number of Mexican immigrants returning to their homeland has increased substantially over the same period beginning in 2000.

If the demographer from Rice University is right, the demise of "Anglos" in Texas is unstoppable and the rise of a population dominated by Hispanics will adversely affect the economic fortunes of the Lone Star State.

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