Illegal Immigrants leaving the U.S. in Search of a Better Employment Opportunities

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 28th, 2012

Week in Review

According to the Obama administration the economy has been improving ever since they took office.  There were all those shovel-ready jobs in the Obama Stimulus bill.  There was the Recovery Summer in 2010.  And all those falling unemployment numbers.  With the Obama administration touting the U-3 unemployment rate while the U-6 rate (that counts everyone who can’t find a full-time job including those who’ve quit looking and those who can only find part-time jobs) is still in Great Depression territory.  And even these U-3 numbers are quietly revised upward later. 

But there is an even better barometer on the jobs picture.  Illegal immigration.  Those people who enter the country illegally for a better job than they can find in the country they’re leaving.  If the numbers on illegal immigration reverses then you know the economy is really in the toilet.  And guess what?  They’re reversing (see For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter by Tara Bahrampour posted 4/23/2012 on The Washington Post).

A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center…

The reversal appears to be a result of tightened border controls, a weak U.S. job and housing construction market, a rise in deportations and a decline in Mexican birthrates, said the study, which used U.S. and Mexican census figures and Mexican government surveys. Arrests of illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States have also dropped precipitously in recent years.

Not every illegal immigrant is coming into America for nefarious reasons.  Most of them are coming in for the jobs so they can better take care of their families.  These are hardworking people.  Many of them Catholic.  For Mexico is Catholic.  So they have some pretty strong religious values.  They take care of their families.  And are good neighbors.  Even help their communities.  Even though they are here illegally it’s hard not to like these good neighbors.  And these are the people who are returning to Mexico.  For the jobs.  So they can better take care of their families.

This is both good news and bad.  The good news is that the Mexican economy is doing well.  Creating better opportunity.  And a stronger middle class.  Which will pick more people up out of poverty.  Without having to leave the country they call home.  Or leave their families.  Great news indeed for our friends south of the border.  The bad news is what this says about the American economy.  That after almost 4 years of the Obama administration and record government spending the economy only has grown worse.  With nothing to show for that exploding federal deficit.

It’s rather ironic.  For the prevailing wisdom on the Right says the Obama administration wants to make it easier for these illegal immigrants to vote.  For the conventional wisdom is that they are coming here for the free government handouts.  So they would vote for the party promising the most free handouts.  The Democrats.  But these immigration numbers blow this conventional wisdom to pieces.  For it would appear they are here for the jobs.  Not the free handouts.  So if we asked these immigrants if things are better for them in America than they were 4 years ago their answer would probably be ‘no’.  And probably vote Republican.  If they could vote.  Like I said, ironic.

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