Sunday, August 19, 2007

Illegal Immigration Down; Mexican Jobs Up

Illegal immigration apprehensions are down 38% from October '06 through June '07, says the U.S Border Patrol. Mexico's central bank reports a remittance of only 0.6% in the first half of 2007 as opposed to the 23% increase during the first half of 2006. Immigrant shelters in Mexico are full of people headed south, not north. American cities and towns like Carpentersville, Illinois, reports illegals are leaving.

One-half of Mexicans believe emigration (population outflow) is the nations most important problem a recent Pew Survey revealed. One out of seven Mexican workers are now residing in the U.S. While U.S. immigration and border enforcement was slipshod and the cost of crossing the border was cheap, Mexicans entered roughshod in numbers that eventually could not be ignored.

The demographics of recent years indicates the growth in the Mexican work force has peaked. Political scientists have seen improvements in Mexico's economic development. In 1970, the Mexican population growth reached a high of 3.3%, while today it is 2%. The Mexican government began encouraging emigration in 1990 and even opened a Ministry of Emigration to get people to move out of Mexico. At the same time, those workers born at the highpoint of Mexican population growth were entering the job market. As Mexicans moved to the U.S., got jobs, incomes rose, and sent remittances home, Mexico was opening its markets to the global economy. Mexico also began to face the problems of drug trafficking and corruption. They improved governance and began enforcing the rule of law.

Mexicans now have access to honest and legal employment which are enticing them home or keeping them there. Taxes are being cut, property rights created and enforced, industry is turning to privatization, and jobs are being created. Confidence in the Mexican economy is growing and incomes are rising. The average Mexican Jose Seis-pack earns $7,000 per year, the highest in Latin America and nearly equal that which they earn in the U.S.

The Calderon government claims 500,000 new jobs have been created and $300 million reserved to cover the social security cost of first time job holders for one year. The government is encouraging workers to join the formal tax paying work force and the establishment of small and medium sized businesses.

On all counts Mexico has a long way to go, but the numbers here indicate they are on the right path and the illegal immigration problem may self-correct with much prodding from the Border Patrol, Homeland Security, and U.S. employers who are afraid of being raided by I.C.E. agents. The hefty fines being leveled at the employers has made hiring illegals far more difficult and expensive.

The rule of law and open capitalism are the life blood of all free and prosperous societies. Calderon vowed in his election campaign to transform the Mexican economic and legal systems to more resemble those in the United States. So far, it seems he's keeping his promise. Interestingly, the same approach also would work in America. It worked at one time, and it can work again.


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4 comments:

Don said...

Good fences make good neighbors.

dcat said...

The higher the better and put an electric zapper in!

Mike's America said...

Nothing's going to stop Mexico from dumping it's poorest, least educated and skilled workers into the U.S.

After the economic incentives to promote immigration, their is a racist motive as well.

The whiter Mexicans are trying to get rid of the Indian ethnics.

Indigo Red said...

"The whiter Mexicans are trying to get rid of the Indian ethnics."

THis is true. And it is among the ethnic Indians that Islam is takking root in Mexico. The religion of perverted peace is much closer to the indiginous pagan religions than is Christianity. The conquestadore culture that the Spanish brouhgt was not the best method to win hearts and minds, which it never was meant to do. Killing the Indians was a popular sport from very early on. It isn't hard to understand the Native reticence to accepting Spanish and Christian culture.