Even though immigration is now about even with slightly more undocumented people leaving the United States as are entering without documents, the political pressure to harden the border with Mexico continues unabated. Outrageous claims are made by congresspeople, mostly older white men and mostly Repulsican, that have nothing to do with reality. Undocumented immigrants contribute their energy and their economic power to this nation. They pay taxes, often at a higher rate than citizens. (They pay sales taxes at a greater rate because they are forced to consume most of their paychecks, unlike the wealthy who can invest a large portion of their income in low-tax investments.) and they commit crime at a lower rate than non-immigrants.
Just as the TV shows exhibit more young black criminals than older white-collar criminals, the same is true of Latino young people.
That we are a nation of racism is indisputable. That we are a nation of racists on the way to becoming even worse, is a possibility. And the Border Patrol is leading the way, as this article from Alternet shows.