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How to solve the illegal immigration problem
Posted by: McQ on Friday, March 23, 2007

I know, I know, I've sucked you in and now I'm going to say something that you're going to claim you already knew:

If Mexico will fix its economy, the lure of the US job markets will be lessened considerably and the illegal immigration wave should ebb.

Now I'm sure we're all shaking our head yes in agreement.

But let's examine it a bit more closely. First lets deal with what Steve Hanke calls "Titoism":

"[Under the communist dictatorship of Josip Broz Tito,] Yugoslavia faced a chronic surplus labor problem. To solve the problem ... Tito came up with a simple, but ingenious, economic strategy: he opened the Yugoslav borders ... and exported surplus labor. This unpublicized element of Titoism worked like a charm. At its peak in the early 1970s, there were over a million Yugoslavs, about 11 percent of the labor force, working in Western Europe. ...
Of course the reason Tito did this is because his dismal economy wasn't growing or producing enough jobs for the work force. Any guess why?

Well, as Fred Thompson points out, Mexico is doing the same thing and for mostly the same reason. Speaking to President Felipe Calderone, Mexico's new president, Thompson says:
Since we all agree that improving Mexico's economy will help with the illegal immigration problem, you might want to consider your own left-of-center policies. For example, nationalized industries are not known for enhancing economic growth. ...

What does it say about the leadership of a country when that country's economy and politics are dependent upon the exportation of its own citizens?
So far so good?

Now to the pertinent question. If we agree that improving Mexico's economy will help solve the illegal immigration problem, but Mexico will not take the steps to make those improvements, instead preferring to rely on Titoism, what's the answer?
So long as the U.S. continues what Mr. Thompson calls "our open borders policy," the Mexican government has less incentive to reform its corrupt economy, and Mexico will continue to use what Mr. Hanke calls "Titoism" to export its work force.
Any questions?
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Good arguement. Sorta teminds me of the gravity model or the tiebout hypothesis.
Written By: Aaron
But who will work all those jobs no one wants!!!!! OMG you cold heartless jerk! how could you even want a better life in Mexico, they would lose out on that 5 cents an hour picking lettuce. If you made Mexico better, WHO WOULD CUT MY GRASS!!
Written By: josh b
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Thompson wins the VP nomination if he wants it.
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
Questions? Yes sir, just one...

How is it that this isn’t obvious to everyone?

And I’m liking Fred Thompson more and more every day.
Written By: Scott
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The problem is, how do you break the Mexican Government out of it’s cycle of corruption. It is said the Mexican president has a six year term in office, four years to rule for Mexicans and two years to profit for himself. Mordida, the little bite, (bribes) have been a way of life for generations. Want a drivers licence, grease the palm, and you have it. This pervades all aspects of Mexican life. You can’t have a functioning Capitalist system while this corruption exists.
Written By: James E. Fish
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we could put out the call to all Mexicans that they can get good jobs in our new toma México para la libertad "take Mexico for freedom!" Army.

After we arm about a half million Mexicans we let them invade with the understanding that they have to hang everyone who ever served in the Government.

Of course I am just being silly. But really there is no help for the situation, The Mexican economy will never be robust because they lack the most basic ideas needed for economic prosperity. Capitalism, rule of law, property rights, and they also have too much endemic corruption.
Written By: kyleN
I’m in love.
Written By: jpm100
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Our country is so derided about just about everything we do, but we continue to help the downtrodden. We took in the Hungarians, the Cubans and others; now the Mexicans and their Central American cousins. I’m not necessarily against this, but I would prefer it when we intentionally and orderly take them in. And it certainly makes it much easier for the government they escaped from to continue to rule as they wish for we take in their natural opposition or those that would cry for social change. Cuba is the best example. There is no easy or simple solution, but we can not continue every 20 years to grant millions citizenship in such an arbitrary manner as we did in 1986 and what is proposed now and remain a cohesive country. Being selfishly American first, I support the fence/wall on the border. We need to force Mexico to face their own problems and relieve us of the social and economic problems of having a minimum of 4% of our population being illegal.
Written By: amr
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Maybe off topic but we need the People to get into running the country which that does concern your issue!


This is a critical election issue for everyone!

Please click on the link and then click on Write In for Mayor!

Please send this link to everyone you know, the media, and blog it!

Thanks and keep up the good work!
Written By: Steven Reed
I guess we all need to go back on our history to understand what we have today. Because as long as we work together and help other nation’s citizen to live among us with peace to feed their families, God will give us properity and leadership world wide. But if we stop - we will be deafeted, because he use this nation to teach justice, human rights, freedom, opportunity, and mush more for for the world, and everybody is whatching us. I have seen the result of our influence out there.
The Problem the Republican Party embrace the agenda and the viewes of Neo-Nazi,and others Separatism Culture here in the US. they are spreading all over the world today. They Hate immigrants, Black, Jews, I have seeing them going after immigrants in Europe Latin America, Asia specially in JaPan. The Devil must divide the people of God,and take away their compassion and understand, to stablish his new order world wide. these legal arguments that they use to justify their selfishness will isolate us and bring all kinds of hate towards our nation, but if we will preveil and prosper anyway if we continue to be benevolent give our support for those underserved out there. I know that someone is fighting for us around the globe we have soldier world wide without uniforme defending our culture even if we don’t care about them. But we should.. I don’t beleive that we just care about our money or jobs that manny of us will never do.

Even if we have 5 Breads and 2 small fish. God will make us strong and stronger if we share it.

God Bless you All.

Sidney Pires.
Written By: Sidney Pires
This blog post makes me wonder about the "free markets and free people" claim.

In a free labor market, do governments forcefully prevent people from gaining employment?

Are free people prevented by governments from moving/living where they want?
Written By: Nicolai
Well, as Milton Friedman once said, open borders would be fine if we weren’t a welfare state. And that simple fact changes the whole dynamic. Were it not a welfare state and did have truly free markets, no one would care about borders.
Written By: McQ
Well, as Milton Friedman once said, open borders would be fine if we weren’t a welfare state.
This makes the immigration solution simple. America must stop being a “Welfare State”
Written By: James E. Fish
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Bombing from 60,000 feet until the regime crumbles is the only known solution to Titoism.
Written By: unaha-closp
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