Illegal immigration has been a rather tenacious issue within American politics for the past few decades. However, despite the media spotlight on illegal immigration, the American public remains in the dark as to why there are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States today. The entire debate over illegal immigration has been dumbed down into mere catchphrases. Anti-immigrant groups claim that “illegals are taking jobs away from hard working Americans,” while pro-immigrant rights groups claim that “illegals are taking the jobs that most Americans wouldn’t do anyway.” The reality is that there is truth to both claims. However, both camps in the debate don’t address how American economic policies towards Mexico and its inability to inact comprehensive immigration reform have greatly exacberated the issue of illegal immigration in the United States.