My Thoughts on Illegal Immigration
The views expressed in this post are my own, and do not represent the views or opinions of Emerging Demographics Inc.
Immigration reform has overtaken the country once again. 12,000,000 people are here in the United States illegally. As a Hispanic American myself, and a recognized expert on the issue of Hispanic immigration, I thought it would be interesting to do a couple of posts on the issue.
Our borders are broken – and our policies are screwed up
The US / Mexico border is easy to penetrate. A very, very large percentage of all illegal immigration comes through this border. Some people find it harder than others, but in general, it might be one of the easiest borders in the world to cross.
At the same time, the United States finds itself in a serious and possibly catastrophic labor crunch. There was a film that came out about 3 years ago called “A Day Without a Mexican” that asked what would happen to the economy if all Mexicans disappeared…you can imagine that the situation would not be pretty. And that is exactly the point; the US economy needs and depends on illegal immigrants because we are in the midst of serious labor shortage.
Understanding the situation from the vantage point of these two issues, one can understand how we arrived at the situation we find ourselves in. There is a porous border and tons of available jobs…well of course we would have a tremendous influx of immigrants.
For years we stood by in silence, never glancing in the direction of the border. We needed more workers, they needed us, let’s keep quiet and let the market resolve the issue on its own. However, over the last few years a couple of things changed.
1 – Terrorism emerged as a very serious threat and we realized that we simply could not allow such a gaping hole in our front-line defense. We have a right to protect and secure our border, and failure to do so is wrong, irresponsible, and dangerous.
2- We no longer need new immigrants. 12 million workers later, and we have satisfied our hunger for the labor they provide. Most of the jobs they fill are in the service industry, and at a certain point we realized we had as many as we needed.
As soon as these two things happened, we started to notice other problems: Undocumented workers were leading a very hard life; they weren’t being paid enough and were being mistreated. Payroll taxes weren’t being paid. Some of the immigrants where competing for better jobs with legal citizens. Our borders are a security threat…and before we knew it, the country was divided on the issue of immigration.
In the next post I will discuss the current situation and some of the proposals being discussed, as well as the question regarding “Amnesty”.
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