Overheard on CNN.com: Illegal immigration still significant problem, readers say
A section of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border at Imperial Beach, California.
April 24th, 2012
08:46 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Illegal immigration still significant problem, readers say

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

A study this week from the Pew Hispanic Center finds that for the first time in decades, net flows from Mexico into the United States have balanced out. According to the report, "the trend lines ... suggest that return flow to Mexico probably exceeded the inflow from Mexico during the past year or two." But readers urged caution in interpreting such a report.

Mexican migration slows, but debate isn't over

Do the findings of the report mean immigration issues are improving?

Useyerhead: "It has slowed down, not stopped. Slowed down compared to what, the year 2000? That's a pretty high mark. Compare the current percentages to 1970 not 2000 and it is still way out of control."

Elevatn: "Regardless, it kills the right-wing talking points that illegals/ immigration are out of control and violence is running rampant. Reality proves the exact opposite."

Some had a bleak outlook.

8r1f0nt: "The dilapidated, makeshift fence in the picture is symbolic of our government's commitment to border control."

Others were skeptical of the numbers.

Ocity79: "It would be nice if this report was accurate, but I certainly don't believe it."

Do immigrants take jobs away? Yes and no, say readers.

goingtohe11: "This story is never told. When you are a painter or a carpenter and try to have an honest business it is hard to compete with someone who doesn't pay workers' comp. or taxes on their employees. Workers' comp. is 30% of what you pay your employees. Picking fruit is one story, but being a contractor and bidding for jobs against contractors who have illegals working for them is another. It has put a lot of Americans out of work."

Exrepublicon: "I am a union contractor and I get underbid by them also, but I still keep chugging along. My workers are way more educated and went to school for a minimum five years in carpentry, knowing the correct ways to build, and that's where they cannot compete. My workers ask for more money, but the work they crank out is far superior compared to the illegals. I will stick with my workers any day and so will most of my customers. Don't give up. Hopefully you will be able to beat them on quality."

The economy was the explanation one commenter gave, and another said this is the time to act.

DougHodges: "It's only because of the bad economy. ... As soon as the economy picks up ... it will certainly increase ... in fact, it's probably directly proportional to the economy."

jazzguitarman: "This is why the time to address visas and employers' needs is NOW. Allow employers to get more visas but only in areas where unemployment is less than 4%. Then fine employers on a per-illegal immigrant basis. Jail employers that are repeat offenders. As the economy picks up, if an employer really has a labor shortage than they can get more visas."

Think about our friends to the north.

Moncada: "You think the border in Mexico is unsafe? Try Canada, way easier for terrorists to cross."

A few were feeling pessimistic about the United States' future.

FreeDumbie: "Give our failing nation another three to four years and most of America will be trying to slip over the border into Mexico. ..."

Now, tell us what you think. Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dink

    Illegal you broke the law arrest and deport no other story needed

    April 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom from Canonsburg

    It's like most everything else, this is a problem caused by mixed messages. The problem has existed for many decades. It became a serious problem when Reagan granted amnesty to the millions that were here at that time. Immediately, a huge Green light appeared above our border. You cannot blame anyone for the desire to come and make a better life for themselves. Most that I've met are hardworking honest people just trying to live the American dream. Part of their culture also says that they need to help the family in the old country. As did my grandfather did a hundred years ago. At some point the resolution is going to be that millions more are going to be granted amnesty and there is no other realistic solution. BUT that Green light is going to be bigger than ever, unless the border is secured.

    I agree that the laws were not enforced by the Feds, but let us remember this was not enforced by all the previous admin as well. We can only call for the law to be fairly enforced.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Drake

    I've seen the deterioration of Houston and Dallas because of the huge numbers of illegal immigrants and I can only imagine what it is like in Az. And yes, when I walk in my front yard and they are drunk and fighting on my property, spray painting my new fence with "mexican pride" and driving down the street paintballing houses, I tend to lose patience. I'm a Democrat but I understand why Texas can't support the party when they want to sell out hard working Americans to buy votes. Actually, Republicans talk alot but never really address the issue either.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tooter

      Drake believe me you are not the only Democrat that is against illegallls. All my family are sick of these free loaders and we are all Democrats. So being from the so called left does not mean that you don't love the USA enough to want to keep her safe from illegals. AZ good luck on your efforts.

      April 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from american citizens.we are not to lazy to do the jobs.someone is to cheap to pay an american to do the job.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leila

      @Hamsta....that old, worn out cliche that "illegals are taking American jobs" is just rhetoric. It ASSUMES that ALL Mexicans working in agriculture ARE illegal, which is NOT the case!! Most of them ARE working with a 'green card' and have permission to work here. It is easy to just simply assume that every Mexican you see is illegal....but that is just ignorant.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Hi, jacker.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dad Clark

    Diplomatic immunity for illegals is literally killing our country and our countrymen. A federal assault of sorts. You see what the feds do to other nations, ours is no different. "All nations in retreat" new world disorder superdome worldwide. They sue the states and threaten sheriff JOE while much of the nation suffers through a hispanic crime wave without end. Joe Arpaio, hes the real thing, a fine man. "Not on my watch"

    April 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roberto

    I'm from so Oregon..the county jails are all between 75%-85% illegals..hard working? they run around in gangs..killing people and dealing drugs..burglurising homes and businesses...and racially harassing white people all the time..they took over the camp grounds and parks and when white people show up they run them off...the Hispanic kids racially harass and intimidate the white kids..non stop...we need to round up all illegals and ship them out..we need to build a Berlin style wall along the border...if they want in they have to do it legally..when caught coming in illegally dump them off in Central America...anchor babies of illegal aliens should get no citizenship and should be sent back with their families..this tears families apart? its their fault..not our..it should be a crime to come here illegally and have a baby...

    April 26, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • dancingjellyfish

      fruits of the crime...

      May 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Billy Jack

    Im 46 , still dont know what it would feel like to live in america as ive always lived in an invasion zone. From so cal to vegas to northern colorado, all blasted apart illegals. I visited "back east" when i was a child, that felt like AMERICA. Think of all the opportunity and our livelihood and economic potentiaj weve been ripped off for. Decimated the construction industry for most trades. I should be racing my butt off enjoying my short life and being generous. Im busy nursing a 13 dollar an hour part time paint job and im a union trained master plasterer. They stole my opportunity to pursue auto racing and that hurts alot man. EVERY nation has the right and DUTY to its citizens to control inbound personell even us. Illegal invasion has been a nightmare for many many americans for generations

    April 26, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bigs

    Round em' up!
    Ship em' out!
    No Shamnesty!
    Comprehensive immigration enforcement pronto!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |

    The end of the Roman empire. Read decline and fall of Roman Empire by Gibbons was because of immigration now we call it illegal but it is the same. Federal versus state but no enforcement

    April 26, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |

    if supreme court does not support enforcement of illegal immigration then it is corroupt

    April 26, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Don Richard

    Forgive me for being so radical, but wouldn't Mexico make 6 or 7 good sized U.S. States? The Mexican states can teach bilingual education and preserve their culture as the first assimilated Mexican-American States. My thoughts are impossible if not 100 years too early, right? The answer is not to shut the border... The answer is to unite, and make it not matter. Oh Star Trek, what can't you teach us!?

    April 26, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shawn

    No it isn't, the Indians used to call it white man!

    April 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
1 2