I worked as a US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent, and it is only in my retirement years that I have finally figured this out.
On one hand we have the political propaganda, and on the other we have "We the People's" reality. Isn't it interesting how the gap is never quite closed in order to effectively resolve the problem? Isn't this similar to to other gaps found in failed health care, gun control, our failing economy, failed drug and military wars, and the Great Recession of 2008?
I call these examples of "propagandized reality gaps". Despite what our politicians say they are designed to remain unresolved. Here are their basic elements of these gaps:
" Someone profits
" Someone pays
" Someone or something is falsely blamed
" The problem by design remains unresolved
Apply this formula to illegal immigration.
The bi-national 1% profits though the exportation of the Mexican poor, peonage, cheap labor, poverty remittances, privatized prisons, and the border security industrial complex.
US taxpayers pay for the undocumenteds' medical and educational costs, and by loss of jobs and their quality of life. Mexican citizens pay by having to leave their homes and families, discrimination and bigotry, and sometimes with their lives by crossing the hazardous border.
The blame for this gap is falsely placed upon the undocumented. The truth is the bi-national profiteers are the cause.
I have worked within and studied illegal immigration for thirty-five years. Our government's attempts to address the problem have swayed back in forth (amnesty, militarization of the border), yet the problem by design remains unresolved.