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Illegal Immigration: Promise it and they will come
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Scotsman is reporting that in anticipation of the passage of immigration legislation which would include a guest worker program and tougher border security, traffic in the southwest border areas of the US is up:
UNDOCUMENTED migrants are rushing to Mexico's border with Arizona, encouraged by the prospect of a guest-worker programme in the United States and anticipating a toughening of border security that would make a dangerous journey even more perilous.

Detentions by the US border patrol in south-central Arizona, the busiest migrant-smuggling area, are up by more than 26 per cent since 1 October - 105,803, compared with 78,024 for the same period last year. Along the entire US- Mexico border, arrests have risen by 9 per cent.

Many migrants say they are being encouraged by relatives in the US, who are betting on the approval of a bill in Congress that would legalise some of the 11 million undocumented migrants in America.
Sounds like a rerun of the scenario which developed with the Reagan amnesty plan, doesn't it?
Mr Loureiro said he saw a similar spike in illegal migration in 1986, when the US approved legislation allowing 2.6 million undocumented migrants to get US citizenship.
Sometimes our collective memory seems to be short. We seem to forget that most human beings respond to incentives, be they positive or negative. Thus far we've provided many more incentives for illegals to cross the border than to attempt to enter lawfully.

That's why so many in the US are now demanding that border security take precedence over immigration reform. Many are also demanding a demonstration of better border control before immigration reform, which includes some type of guest worker program, is passed.

One of those demanding that is me. And I'll continue to demand it until I see something done in that regard which changes the ROI (return on investment) of illegal border crossing from a positive return to a negative return for those considering it. Only when that happens will the incentive exist for potential illegal immigrants to consider entering legally. And only then will any sort of guest worker program have a possibility of working.
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It seems the illegal immigrants are better able to understand when an amnesty is in the works than are the President and Congrewss.
Written By: William E. Garland
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Like many, I’m unimpressed with the stock solutions to this problem. It’s as if our nation’s unbounded discourse can only see three tools in the tool box: amnesty, which rewards lawlessness, importing "guest-workers," which is just a transnational jobs-program, or the proverbial "Wall."

So I got to wondering: How could America use the tides of Central American immigrants to its geo-political advantage?

And I had an idea: if we confiscated all trans-border remittances - they often are laundered illegal wages afterall - or, if we taxed them like we do other "sins," like cigarettes, Mexico’s people might contemplate a more intimate integration with the political and economic culture they are migrating to.

As it is now, Mexico’s ruling class benefits from the capital exchanges that our dynamic system provides, while it works to obstruct the cultural changes in Mexico that might entice her hard-working citizens to stay.

Mexico’s rulers needs to eat their peas before they get any more dessert.
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Whoa! Keep speaking booze to power.

Right on, Bob. Right. On.

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Sometimes someone on the internet can tell that you’re a dog. Or a cat on the keyboard.
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