Next year it will be ten million. We couldn't deport them that fast without destroying our own economy. Remember: They have jobs, pay taxes, and spend money just like everybody else. Jobs, by the way, that our own lazy, entitled children won't do like plucking chickens and hanging drywall. That's only true in certain regions like Oklahoma, northwestern California and rural North Carolina, where local authorities are more tolerant because of its contribution to the regional economy. (And perhaps Hawaii, what happens in Hawaii seems to pretty much stay in Hawaii. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!) Marijuana is still by far the bread-and-butter of the drug cartels. It's poor journalism to combine Mexico with Central America. The Mexican economy is booming, but except for tourist mecca Costa Rica with its near-zero military budget, most of Central America is stuck in the bad old days. There are zillions of Salvadoreños here in the D.C. region, and every one I've gotten to know says that his family left to escape the violence, not the poverty. (For which, of course, our own government bears much of the blame--if you're old enough to remember those days.) Unfortunately MS-13 came right along with them, but at least our cops do a better job of keeping them down than they did at home.