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Mexico's Economic Progress Can Ease Migration Woes

I found this great article on the Heritage Foundation web site. If we are willing to invest lives in promoting democracy in the Arab world, I think we can invest in creating economic prosperity in Latin America.
The disparity between job growth in America and in other countries has contributed to the recent influx of migrants into the United States, such that between 10 and 12 million illegal aliens now reside in the United States. According to a Pew Hispanic Center study and the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half are from Mexico.

Success in reducing this tide requires better border security, workplace enforcement, a practical guest-worker process to match prospective workers with legitimate employment, and encouragement for labor-exporting nations to reform their laws and economies to provide avenues of social mobility now absent in their societies.
Note the order--its important.
  1. Better border security
  2. workplace enforcement
    ONLY THEN...
  3. Practical guest-worker process
  4. Encouragement for labor-exporting nations to reform their laws and economies to provide avenues of social mobility now absent in their societies.
In my opinion, any guest worker process should only be valid and available to those in their home countries. No illegal immigrant should qualify or be allowed to participate from within the US, if they entered illegally. If there is enough incentives to do things legally, and enough consequences for living outside immigration laws, attrition will do the job of reducing our millions of illegal immigrants.

Also, I think #4 should be above #3. Latin America is going to face a serious labor shortage, if all their able workers are running across the border into the US! What do they have left? The aged, women, children, the lazy and the criminal elements.

A staff member of the Honduran consulate in D.C. was telling me a story of a small town in Honduras, where almost 100% of the able-bodied men are now living in a small town here in the mid-Atlantic. Literally. Practically the entire town got up and crossed illegally into the US. He admitted this is hurting Honduras, creating shortage of good hard workers.

If we are going to support Central and South America in providing avenues of social mobility, we need to send their labor pool back home to make it happen. Can you imagine what growing economies in Latin America would mean for US products and exports!

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