In trying to explain the differences between the United States' southern and northern borders, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) found himself forced to make clear that he meant Mexico no disrespect.
The difference, Graham said, is jobs. "They come from countries where they can't find work and life is miserable."
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), an immigration reform skeptic, quickly responded that "while there's poverty in Mexico and some really poor areas, it's not a hellhole. There are some great things going on in Mexico."
Graham replied: "You're right. I wasn't slandering Mexico, I'm just talking about all the places people want to leave, for whatever reason."
For the first time, more Mexicans appear to be leaving the U.S. for Mexico than the other way around, according to the Pew Research Center. But the number of border-crossers from Central American countries more than doubled last year, as people flee violence, crime and dim economic prospects.