Monday, April 04, 2005

The Minutemen Project (regarding Immigration)

Neal Boortz sends us to the above link. By now, we should all know about the controversy involving the Minutemen - a group of U.S. Citizens patrolling the U.S./Mexico border in order to prevent some of the widespread immigration of illegal aliens. Apparently they've captured their first group ("Captured" is actually a misnomer. The reality is that they are a spot and report group).

The U.S. Border patrol doesn't like them, which is just about enough for me to support the project fully. Illegal immigration is a problem - a big one. However, you liberals can take your foot out of the stirrup, no need to mount your high horse. I am not a xenophobe or an isolationist. I simply think our entire outlook needs to be reformed.

What has happened is that we have passed strict laws making legal immigration too difficult for most (oddly, it most impacts the learned foreign labor market, who can't really improve their station by working for illegal wages in the U.S.). Therefore, the only way to get past the system is to ignore it - and millions have ignored it. Making it worse, Mexico's crappy/corrupt government benefits from the billions of illegal dollars that illegal immigration brings its way, and recognizes that it will probably lose power if real immigration reform is ever established. So it encourages a system of keeping immigration into the U.S. illegal, while reaping the benefits of the dollars that are sent into Mexico.

What I want to see happen is for the United States to make immigration easier. I'm not suggesting that we make citizenship requirements easier. I just think it makes sense to encourage people who want to work to come over to the United States. It would do several things: 1) It would immediately improve the Mexican economy and allow NAFTA to work - and correspondingly, reduce the desire to emigrate from Mexico; 2). It would make enforcement of the border easier, as we would have some pretty good assurances that anyone who crossed illegally deserves deportation; 3). It would allow people to come to the United States and provide skilled labor as well as unskilled labor. Right now it is hard for an illegal immigrant to get a job providing skilled labor because it exposes them and the companies who hire them heightened scrutiny; 4). I referenced it above, but it would actually put some teeth back into our border patrols. Right now, the problems with illegal immigration are demoralizingly bad. 5). It would attract skilled professional employees from Europe, Asia and Africa.

My belief is that loosening immigration laws would also eventually increase manufacturing and the GDP in the U.S. Sure, there might be a short-term lessening of wages, but the reality is that there is already so much cheap illegal labor in the U.S. (that is not taxed for the most part) that any such effects would be minimal. The prevalence of cheap labor (hopefully combined with tax reform) would keep companies from re-chartering in different countries and encourage them to keep their manufacturing in the U.S.

Kid Handsome


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