Saturday, June 27, 2009

Solving the Immigration Problem Means Addressing the Realities of Corporate Globalization

By Douglas Massey, Boston Review (via Alternet)
May 28, 2009

This article is a response to Joseph H. Carens's Case for Amnesty, and part of a New Democracy Forum on immigration.

Joseph Carens has advanced a strong moral argument in favor of amnesty for irregular migrants in the United States. I agree with the need for some kind of legalization program and share his ethical concerns. The current immigration crisis, however, stems from deeper U.S. policy failures that must be addressed, or the problem of undocumented migration will simply recreate itself.

The core of the U.S. immigration dilemma is Mexico. Of the roughly eleven million people in the United States with undocumented status, about 60 percent -- some 6.5 million people -- come from Mexico. The next closest case is El Salvador, with around 570,000 undocumented migrants, followed by Guatemala at 400,000; the numbers drop off rapidly from there. If we deal effectively with migration from Mexico, other immigration problems become small by comparison and much easier to resolve. [...]

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eb5 green card said...

Of the non-Mexican immigrants, do you have any idea as to the percentage that actually do and do not enter via Mexico? I am wondering what the other points of entry for these immigrants is, in the case that it is not Mexico. Essentially my question is this: If they are not getting in via Mexico, then how are they getting through?

Immigrant Investor Visa said...

It seems that the major reason the country does not pass any sweeping legislation is because of how it would destroy so many businesses. These companies thrive because they hired illegals and paid them very little with little benefits. Now, these same companies are being protected by the country for the very reason that they succeeded with this illegal labor. It is an incredibly vicious circle.