Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:42

The Real Economics Of Illegal Immigration

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Americans, for the most part, believe that illegal immigration is wrong and that all illegal immigrants should be deported back from whence they came. The problem with that line of thinking is that many large agricultural corporations and economic tensions may not permit illegal immigration to stop.

According to the Wall Street Journal, after Arizona passed a series of very tough, anti-immigration laws, many farms could not find help for their crops, even when offering higher paying wages. The migrant workers and their families are not returning to Arizona because of the strict immigration laws and severe penalties. There is now a labor shortage in Arizona, especially in the agriculture and construction areas.

On the flip side, the lack of illegal workers is that the wages and benefits have increased to well over minimum wage, which should help the workers and the overall economy of the community where these businesses are located. Unfortunately, the benefit is not that significant.

The problem with this labor shortage, brought on by tougher immigration laws, also shows the lack of work ethic and/or motivation by US workers to perform the same tasks as illegal workers, for much higher wages and benefits than the illegal workers were making. It can be argued that there is a reason that these companies operating on the border hired illegal workers and lobbied for the United States to turn its head. Many of these farms and construction businesses cannot operate to full capacity; thus, there are fewer jobs and less business being conducted in these communities.

The solution to the immigration problem is very complex. There are so many competing interests, political agendas, and so much misinformation given to the general public that it is very difficult to see that a real solution is forthcoming. However the problem is no only immigration reform but reform in our education system as well as instilling a work ethic in the areas of agriculture, construction and other trades that seems to have gotten lost. Only when the real problems are addressed, will we be able to reform immigration and hopefully our domestic issues as well.

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