Cross posted from The Virtuous Republic
Even the half-hearted efforts by the Bush administration to secure our southern border seems to be paying dividends. Of course, almost every reasonable American could have told Washington that a little bit of enforcement along the border would go a long way.
Why haven’t we done this in the past? My only guess is that business was addicted to cheap labor and our politicians bought into the idea that no one else would do the jobs illegals are doing. Of course, at a decent wage, Americans will perform any job and employers will just have to get over their addiction to cheap Central American labor.
Mexican shelters, usually the last stop for northbound migrants, are filling with southbound deportees. Fewer migrants are crossing in the wind-swept deserts along an increasingly fortified border. Far to the north, fields are empty at harvest time as workplace raids become more common.
Mexicans are increasingly giving up on the American dream and staying home, and the federal crackdown on undocumented workers announced Friday should discourage even potential migrants from taking the risks as the United States purges itself of its illegal population.
U.S. border agents detained 55,545 illegal migrants jumping over border walls, walking through the desert and swimming across the Rio Grande River between October and June. That’s down 38 percent for the entire border compared to the same period a year before.
U.S. and Mexican officials say increased border security, including 6,000 National Guard troops, remote surveillance technology and drone planes, have thwarted smugglers who had succeeded for years at beating the system.
One section of this article that jumped out, was this:
Migrants also say they fell Americans are increasingly hostile toward immigrants.
It’s the discrimination,” said 28-year-old George Guevara, who was deported to Tijuana last month after living in the U.S. for 18 years.
Americans aren’t hostile to “immigrants” they are hostile to foreign nationals who cross our borders illegally, who depress our wages, who commit a great number of crimes, and who steal social security numbers. And to George, it isn’t discrimination, it is the enforcement of the law against your illegal behavior.
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