In the final decades of the 20th century, irregular immigration in the United States grew exponentially. It is estimated that in 2017 there are 11 million irregular immigrants, half of them Mexican. In parallel, an anti-immigrant movement has arisen which considers them a threat to the US economy, welfare state, national security and identity. As a result, an ideological discourse has developed around irregular immigration that is accompanied by a series of legal and regulatory adjustments to control it and its use for electoral gain.
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Keywords: United States; irregular immigration; anti-immigrant discourse