FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
In case you needed it, here's yet another sign of just how bad the economy is:
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Illegal aliens are leaving the United States and returning to Mexico in search of a better life.
You heard that right. One Mexican official tells the Sacramento Bee that Mexico has "become a middle class country" where it's now easier to buy homes on credit, get higher education and find a job."
Not so here in the U.S. where the employment picture remains grim. Just today came announcements from Cisco and Goldman Sachs that they're cutting thousands of jobs.
Plus - a report from payroll processor ADP shows that although the private sector added jobs in July, growth is below what's needed for a steady recovery.
Meanwhile - As we wait for the monthly jobs report Friday, consider this: Mexico's unemployment rate is 4.9%... compared to 9.2% in the U.S. You do the math.
It's estimated that about 300,000 illegal aliens have left California alone since 2008.
Experts say the weaker U.S. economy along with rising deportations and tougher border enforcement means fewer illegal aliens. But - there have also been significant improvements in Mexico's society.
Its economy is growing at 4-5% and, according to the UN, Mexico's average standard of living - which includes things like health, education and per capita income - is higher than in Russia, China and India.
Turns out Mexicans might just have better luck of achieving the American Dream south of the border.
Here’s my question to you: What does it say that illegal aliens are leaving the U.S. and returning to Mexico in search of a better life?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Can you imagine truckloads of middle class Americans sneaking into Mexico for a better life? It may be the only way to save the middle class of our nation.
Richard in Malvern, Pennsylvania:
Jack, it says that things are looking up! More jobs for Americans, fewer drugs and murders, and maybe this will have a positive effect on border states. Politicians won't do anything to protect our borders, so the slumping economy will do their job. How ironic.
Dave in Orlando:
It says that we are officially a 3rd world country. We have been driven into the ground by special interests, philandering, pandering, bribe-taking lawmakers, a do-nothing president good only at making speeches, and a top court populated largely by people intent on revoking the U.S. charter. Even illegal aliens are jumping ship.
Gerald on Facebook writes:
No work, no health care, no education, might as well go back. Now, where do the rest of us go?
George in Pennsylvania:
I just went to Sears to buy a Wet Vac. I found it was made in Mexico. Maybe they've got something there.
Ain't 'free trade' great? Waiter, another round of cat food! Any chance in the next election we'll get what we vote for?
Tim in Colorado:
It says that they are tired of the Situation Room.
Take me with you, amigos!