I realized the other day that, with all of the talk of building a wall to keep people from illegally crossing the US border from Mexico, we are not really having much of a discussion about what it means to be an illegal immigrant in the United States and what it does to our economy. I really don’t think that the wall proposed (and slowly being built) by President Trump is the right thing to do.
I think that we should perhaps watch what China is doing to build roads and rail lines through Asia, Europe and Africa to link these continents together economically. Instead of building walls to hide behind we need to do more to unite North ans South America. We should be leaders in this respect instead of hiding behind walls hoarding our wealth and dreaming of our past success,
I can understand why people come to America illegally. Legal immigration opportunities are limited and without those opportunities the chance to go on to being a full citizen are very limited. While those who do come illegally are probably doing better here at sub minimum wage jobs with poor working conditions than they would be in Mexico but at the same time they are doing worse than American Citizens. They will probably always be illegal since there is no easy way for illegals to become legal once here.
If you look at the reality of it this situation creates something of a modern sort of indentured servitude class. It is obviously not slavery since the illegal workers are free to come and go as they please and yet their options to advance and build a prosperous life in this country are severely limited.
I think that the commonly advanced argument that “no American will do these jobs” is inherently bullshit. The reason that no American will do these jobs is that illegals work cheaper and without benefits. This is a way to cheat the natural forces of a regulated system of capitalism. If you could get away with walking into a bank and withdrawing all the money you wanted whenever you wanted to, you should be able to be much more successful than any of your peers if they cannot do the same thing. You would be cheating the system.
Illegal immigration is a political football that the Left uses to gain and keep minority votes. It is also a tool of the Right which likes the benefits that businesses see from being able to cheat the system. The American people are losing out on jobs that, without the availability of illegals, would have to pay better in order for businesses to be able to find people to do the work. If illegals had a reasonable path to becoming citizens or a better guest worker program if they just want to work here and send money home to Mexico then we should look at those options too.