Monday, August 30, 2010

Illegal Immigration - The Root Cause

Anytime you find a black market in anything you can be certain that the root of the problem is excessive (and counter-productive) government regulation. That was true during Prohibition. Today, it is true for narcotics and it is equally true for illegal immigration.

Currently, it is far easier to immigrate illegally than to immigrate legally. And, no matter how much money (and blood) we spend attempting to end illegal immigration, that will remain the case (and illegal immigration will continue). We would be FAR better off to make it FAR easier for FAR more people to immigrate legally. (We would also be FAR better off to decriminalize the production, distribution and consumption of all narcotics.)

But, labor unions and the Dim politicians in bed with them (quite cynically) oppose allowing more legal immigration. The union leaders (quite cynically) argue that more legal immigrants will drive down labor costs. They (quite cynically) present this as a zero sum game where there is a fixed economic pie to be divided up among all working Americans. It’s a bald faced LIE!

More immigration means more economic activity and a LARGER economic pie for ALL! Any labor “leader” with at least half a brain understands this. That same pea brain also understands that creating a black market in illegal immigrants DEPRESSES wages and benefits for working Americans (by virtue of allowing employers to pay cash off the books to ghosts who supposedly aren’t really here). In turn, those depressed wages and benefits amount to job security for the (quite cynical) labor leaders and the Dim politicians in bed with them who -- as always -- decry the very conditions they (quite cynically) create.

The solution is NOT to crack down on illegal immigration! Just like the utterly failed war in drugs, that approach will NEVER work no matter HOW much money (and blood) we throw at it.

The ONLY solution is to decriminalize illegal immigration (and eliminate all entitlement programs so as to ensure we do not attract parasites). We would ALL be FAR better off! Unfortunately, our (quite cynical) politicians will ONLY embrace that concept well AFTER hell freezes over. So, expect to waste even more blood and even more treasure in an ever escalating failed war on immigration and an ever escalating failed war on drugs -- it’s the way of a (quite cynical) big government mindset.

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