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Does The State Of Our Economy Affect Immigration?: Left of Center View

You bet your sweet ass it does. Most folks coming to this country, least the ones we worry about when it comes to immigration, are broke. They're coming for the chance to work for a better life. Funny part is that the worse off our economy is the easier it is for the undocumented to survive in America.

First off the folks getting hit hardest by the downturn are the people who don't know what its like to be poor, I mean really poor. Theyíre begging for bailouts to keep their five bedroom four bathroom homes. Immigrants, hell, plenty of them are excited about the clean water and toilets that flush. Now I'm not saying that the down turn isn't hurting families, or that people aren't being put in bad spots. I'm just pointing out that the hardest hit usually ain't making the six o'clock news.

Latest thing is the big box discount stores getting into the banking business. Over 30 million people in the U.S. don't have bank accounts, can't afford to. When you are already living on you nickels and dimes you really can't afford to let the guys holding your money do it to you as well. So now the -Marts, K and Wall are in the check cashing, debit card business and they are under cutting the hell out of the banks fee-wise. They are also enabling a cash and barter system to thrive.

Like I said earlier most recent immigrants to the U.S. already know how to be poor. They know how to barter and trade keeping it all below the taxmanís watchful gaze. But more importantly they keep communities with very little money running, on very little money. When you're all the same broke and pulling together increases your chances a lot of the issues that divide us go right out the window, check out Egypt for example. People had enough and now they're doing something about it, and the really scary part for the over-fed and under-worked crowd is that they are doing it together. This ain't your founding forefathers revolution. This isn't wealthy folks waxing poetic this is real. This is survival.

America is still a lot better off than a lot of other folks around the globe. However as the economic depression lingers and the numbers at the bottom swell our plights draw parallel until immigration stops being an important issue.

Thanks for listening

Bill


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Does The State Of Our Economy Affect Immigration?: Right of Center View

Of course it does. Immigrants are coming to find a better life than the one they have in their native country. Before I even say this I know Iím going to take some mess for it but itís the best analogy I can think of. America is like a great big candy bar attracting hungry ants from all around. When there is plenty of candy to go around the ants are plentiful but when the candy is gone and all the remnants have been eaten the ants will be gone too. Likewise when our economy is healthy and strong we attract lots of immigrants, legal and otherwise. When the economy sucks, immigration drops. Why would you go to all the trouble of moving to another country only to be just as bad off in the new country?

Now, at this point, Iím sure the liberals are already sharpening their pencils to write those angry letters about me comparing immigrants to insects but let me try to calm your nerves a bit. Iím not trying to say that immigrants are bugs or any completely idiotic thing like that. They are people looking for a better life and all that. I get it. Not a big fan of those who try to sidestep the process but I donít think they are subhuman or anything like that. Theyíre just in a bad place doing what they think is best for themselves and their families. Although the same argument could be made about a lot of broke people who rob convenience stores to get money. Itís all about how you look at things.

I have a feeling the underlying question in this weekís topic is about how our current economic situation is affecting current immigration numbers. According to the Department of Homeland Security website legal immigration increased from 2008 to 2009. I couldnít find the 2010 numbers. According to the same source, refugee immigrants also increased from 2008 to 2009. The number of deportable aliens caught has steadily gone down for several years. According to DHS illegal immigration is also down.

So is it related to the crappy economy? Maybe it is. Or maybe itís related to drug cartel activity on the border or bad weather or any number of other things. I would suspect that America is not as attractive right now because of the bad economy but whoís to say for sure? I donít know the definitive answer but Iíll stick with my ant theory. No candy, no ants.

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