Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Illegal immigration and North Carolina

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that the number of undocumented immigrants in North Carolina has decreased, though there is a large margin of error. The trend is identical here as elsewhere--fewer people are coming (particularly from Mexico) but there is no evidence of large scale return migration:

"There's no indication that the numbers leaving have gone up," Passel said. "The best thing we can do with our data is say that the overall numbers have stopped growing."

The sad part is that anti-immigrant groups are pleased, seeming not to understand the logic behind all this.

"That means that North Carolinians will have a better chance of getting jobs that really belonged to them in the first place," said Ron Woodard, head of N.C. Listen, a citizen group that advocates for a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Um, no, it doesn't mean that at all. It means there are no jobs for anyone. If fewer people are coming illegally, it is because there is nothing here. If we ever get to a point where there is an exodus out of here, it means our economy has essentially collapsed. Hooray!

As a matter of fact, the flip side is that an increase of undocumented immigrants could well be viewed as an early indicator of economic recovery.


Lance Steagall 10:54 AM  

I notice you've been following this issue of immigrant return rates pretty closely, Greg, and wondered what you thought about policies like Spain's Voluntary Return Law. I work for Americas Quarterly and our Spring issue has an article on exactly that. Is this simply a populist measure, something to win the votes of Spanish workers who think immigrants are stealing their jobs? Is it some benevolent move to help immigrants who are simply stuck in Spain, without the money (but with the desire) to return home? Or is it a necessary move in a smaller economy like Spain's?

Greg Weeks 4:25 PM  

Especially when compared to the doomed US initiative to give undocumented immigrants a one-way ticket home, this actually looks quite reasonable. I would agree with the article, however, that it would be most successful with people who were thinking of leaving anyway, which in turn reduces its effectiveness.

The bottom line, though, is that legislation alone may well not have much effect on whether immigrants choose to leave. Other factors, especially economic (which is also tied to demography) will loom largest.

Vicente Duque 1:25 PM  

The Vampire Dracula of Transylvania and the vampiresque Republican Party - Drinking the Blood of Youth - Immigration Reform

The Vampire Dracula has a zombie life, he gets out of his tomb in the dungeons of the castle in order to drink blood and get some life out of it.

Dracula can not drink the blood of old people, those that are sick and in Geriatric Homes or Gerontological Asylums. Those crippled and sick of old age in wheelchairs have a blood that is useless for the purposes of Dracula.

Dracula needs the Hematocites and Leucocites of Young People, those in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities.

And the Republican Party is having a zombie life in its tomb, half death, half alive, and needs a "Common Enemy" and an "Enemy of America" in order to resurrect and have a "revival", a word that charms its very conservative and religious extremist base.

America has millions of Decent, Noble and Kind People, Hearts of Gold, and they are the big majority, but there are many other losers that need hate as revenge for their failed lives.

And what "Common Enemy" and "Enemy of America" can be the best for those racists, haters, losers and failed lives in the streets of America ??

The Republican Party needs the Hate against Latinos in order to revive, revitalize and reinvigorate, for a "Republican Revival". That is the Blood of Youth, because Latinos are mostly in Elementary Schools, in High Schools, and now want Higher Education in Colleges and Universities.

Latinos are "Youth Blood" and a big part of a Great Future for America. But Republicans want to drink that blood with their Racism and Hatred. Even if they expulse and evict those Youngsters out of America.

So, Mr Obama should be careful not to paralyze Government and his Administration Legislative Agenda with a "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" because that is what these Merchants of Hatred in Racist TV want in order to agitate the masses of ignorants, of fools, idiots and losers, the boxes of Inferiority Complexes.

The "Immigration Reform" would increase the profits of the Merchants of Hate, the Peddlers of Fear, in Racist TV.

When you are a failure in life, nothing is better than to choose a defenseless victim and become a bully, then you are the Superior Race, and suddenly you got a lot value and self respect, even if you are trash.

"Immigration Reform" is a "Pandora's Box" for Mr Obama, because there is too much Racism and Hatred. This needs a much more mature country, and a more mature Republican Party in times of Economic Prosperity and not of Economic Suffering.

When the Republican Party has adults in it, when it is not led by the Media Racists of Histrionic Radio, and Histrionic TV, with ridiculous gestures and grimaces and tears, while crying "God !!!, God !!!, God !!"

These TV Racists are like Hysterics and Possessed, the most Hypocrite People in the World, the masters of Hypocrisy.

Let these Hypocrites TV anchors claim in the desert while there is no "Immigration Reform" until the day that there is more resposibility in Congress and the Economy is recovered, stable and strong.

"Immigration Reform is Kryptonite for Mr Obama and the Democratic Party.

Vicente Duque

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