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How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?: Left of Center View

These days a better question would be: How much impact will illegal immigration have on the faltering economy. People will always go where they perceive the possibility of a better life. The U.S. worries about illegal Mexican immigrants, while at the same time the Mexican government worries about illegal immigrants from the more impoverished South American countries. That's right Mexico has an immigration problem as well.

If Mexico has an immigration problem and comparatively the U.S. economy is still far stronger than the Mexican economy, it should be safe to assume that the immigration problem isn't going to go away just because the value of the dollar has fallen so drastically. But what effect will the weakening dollar have on the real price of labor. No matter what we pretend the reality is that the U.S. agricultural industry relies heavily on low cost illegal workers. If union wages and benefits were given as mandated by law to every agricultural worker the price of produce would sky-rocket. This artificial market stabilizer is one of the unspoken reasons that the government has allowed this shadow workforce to exist. But this "Mexican Standoff" could end soon if either of two very real, very possible scenarios comes into play.

First and most obvious is the reality that as the dollar continues its plunge and inflation continues its rise illegal workers will need to be paid more. Already living on less than minimum wage the true allure of illegal labor is the end value of wages earned. When $2 an hour translates in $200 back home the struggle to save and survive is worth it. But when $2 becomes $2 or even just $20 back home is the hardship really worth it. Add to that the fact that although not a true "living wage" all these workers must be able to live on their wages and eventually wages must be increased or the labor pool will dry up.

The second scenario, and far more terrifying from a management perspective, is that the economy will falter to the point that the legal and illegal labor pools collide. Illegal labor is primarily used to fill positions documented workers don't want. But as things grow more desperate even a bad job is better than no job at all. On a small scale this wouldn't be such a big deal, but this is a national recession. The government can only afford to look the other way as long as there are viable, all though low paying options out there for the legitimate workforce. But as more folks find themselves unable to pay their taxes, eventually there will be some whistle blowing and these off the books jobs will be uncovered and Politicians may actually find themselves in a position of having to enforce the campaign promise laws they passed.

The sad part of all this is that there really is no easy solution. The current socio-economic mess we find ourselves in is the result of so many different mitigating factors that the only way to solve one problem is to solve them all. Military action in the Middle East drains our resources, both human and financial, which in turn puts strain on the economy, so at a time when we need more to get by, we have less to go around. It is easy to once again use illegal immigrants, this time as scapegoats so we don't have to assess the real consequences of our arrogant actions, but sooner or later we will have to stop outsourcing and start doing some of the work ourselves.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?

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Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?: Right of Center View

Well, by some accounts, they are leaving already. The weak dollar has led to companies being cash strapped and looking for ways to get the job done with fewer people. Even agribusiness is making tough choices about losing money due to damaged goods related to automation or losing money to pay pickers in the fields. In many cases the losses to automation are less than the costs associated with hiring even undocumented workers.

The illegal immigrants are here due to opportunity and without that they are leaving for greener pastures. While there are still those coming into America there are more and more leaving and many arriving only to find no work available to them. The downside to having all of the undocumented people here in the first place is that they are the type of people who will leave when the going gets too tough. Part of Americaís greatness comes from the idea that we pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and face challenge head on. That kind of commitment to America canít be counted on from people who already abandoned their homeland to come here.

The bad economy will likely lead to many illegal immigrants leaving and fewer coming here and that may not be such a bad thing. There are a lot of Americans in need of work and if they can fill a job left behind by someone here illegally when things do turn around then it will be good for the honest hard-working people of this country. We have tough times ahead and it is the strength of the American will that will see us through. We donít cut and run when things get tough at home. We will fight to the last man for our nation and that is as it should be. These people have proven that they will take the easy way over the hard work needed to get through a depression when they abandoned their homeland for an easier life here.

America achieves great things when her back is to the wall. It is what separates us from the other nations in the world. When times get rough we get creative and find ways to overcome the obstacles in front of us. We are not going to run to Canada because our economy is in the crapper. That is not the American way. We will innovate and motivate ourselves on to even bigger prosperity while those who fear a rough time run for the hills. Frankly, we donít need people who donít have the guts to make change happen when their country needs them. The Great Depression of the 1930ís left many penniless and it also left many millionaires. After the Depression, our people dusted themselves off, rebuilt our nation and made it stronger than it was before. Thatís what we do.

Chances are, there will be many fewer undocumented workers in the United States after the current recession than there were before. Is that a bad thing? I donít think anyone ever asked if they should worry about the rats jumping off the sinking ship. If anything, having a bit fewer of them might help the economy stay afloat. If theyíre not here, weíre not paying taxes for them to have services we need. If they go home, they arenít sending American dollars to foreign banks and removing them from our economy. While nobody wants to live through a recession or depression, there may be a dividend to be had. Recessions and depressions come and go but if America comes out of it better than before then there is not too much to complain about.

J.T. - American | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Last Week's View from the Right:
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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