Thursday, September 06, 2007

Why immigration enforcement won't work

Here's a link to the Register's editorial on the fascinating phenomenon of California (and Texas and Arizona) farmers who fear immigration raids disrupting their operations are starting to rent land in Mexico and simply grow their crops there. The marketplace responds; when the government tries to squeeze out productive activity in one place it pops up elsewhere.

We also note that there are almost twice as many illegals working in California as there are unemployed native-born Californians (few of whom are interested in picking crops), so if the Social Security "matching" enforcement scheme actually started driving illegals out of employment, those jobs would simply go begging.

Here's a link to the original story about U.S. farmers moving operations to Mexico, and to the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy study that pinpointed the unemployment and "unauthorized" numbers, nationwide and in Texas and California.


daveg said...

Hey, we send much higher paying jobs over sees ALL THE TIME. These include software, automotive, etc.

Why shed a tear over these low paying job?

And you dont' have to actively deport. Just enforce the laws and they will leave on their own


Tulsa - Tens of thousands of Hispanics have left the Tulsa area. And, a law designed to crack down on illegal immigration hasn't even taken effect yet. But, there's a catch.

East Tulsa is where the majority of Hispanics ended up settling. They came by the thousands and now they're leaving that way, too. And, it's all because of one word -- deportation.

Business owner Simon Navarro came to America for a better life. And, he found one on Tulsa's east side.


But, a tough new state law has much of Tulsa's immigrant population fleeing for fear of deportation.

"Two months ago I heard 25-thousand Hispanics have left Oklahoma," Navarro says.

That is about 30-percent of Oklahoma's Hispanic population.

"They are leaving. A lot have already left."


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Anonymous said...

Alan, maybe it is better if these jobs leave the county.

First, most farm receive subsidies, so we will actally save money if they move their farms.

Second, farms are HUGE consumers of water in CA. Far more water is consumed by farms than people, and the farms pay only a fraction of the cost. We obviously should move the farms to free up the water for more econimically bebficial use.

Finally, why are you being such a "nationalist" by wanting to keep these farm here instead of providing jobs to others

Brian said...

Parapundit has similar thoughts regarding moving farms overseas here.

I do not see low paying industries as great national treasures that we should try to hang onto. Really, if the only way an industry can compete is to pay low wages with no medical benefits then I say send that industry packing. Bye bye.

Makes sense to me.