So we’re not in a recession …

But, according to the Dallas Morning News, because of eroding economic conditions in the states, more illegal immigrants are crossing the border back into Mexico.? Which, I suppose, is one way to handle the illegal immigrant problem – just create economic conditions poor enough to make them want to go back home.

Well played President Bush, well played.

Two hours were enough for Jos? Luis S?nchez and his family to pack their most valuable belongings in two vans ? items accumulated in 10 years of living in the Dallas area.

With his wife, children and their suitcases in place, Mr. S?nchez closed the door of his Mesquite apartment for the last time, sat at the wheel of one of the vehicles ? his brother drove the other ? and hit the road back to his homeland.

So ended his decade-long adventure as an illegal Mexican immigrant in the United States.

According to Mexican consulate officials in Dallas, some 400 immigrant families have told them so far this year that they’re going back to Mexico and asked for transfer documents to enroll their children in Mexican schools.

Enrique Hubbard Urrea, Mexican consul general in Dallas, said it is impossible to track every Mexican who leaves the area. But he said the number asking for transfer documents at the consulate is on the rise.

In 2005, the consulate issued 162 such documents; in 2006 it was 199; and last year it was 270. At the current rate, more than twice as many people will leave this year as last, he said.

“There is no doubt the trend indicates that the number is growing,” Mr. Hubbard said.

This isn’t just happening along the Texas border, however.? It’s happening in places such as Chicago and Phoenix.? I’d make a joke but this is just sorta sad.? Where do we, as a country, go from here when we aren’t even good enough for our illegal immigrants?? That’s not supposed to be funny, though it is sort of a laugh or I’d cry kind of situation.

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