March 31, 2006
bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
a pinch of protectionism, a dash of fear... that'll make our immigration troubles disappear!
As the Senate continues brewing the latest immigration reform potion, I'm left wondering about the end result. Will immigrants be given an opportunity to earn legalization? Will visa caps be structured to flux with labor demands? Will there be fewer deaths in the desert? At this point, I'm doubtful that anything will pass. And perhaps that's the best outcome we can hope for.
But let's allow our imaginations to run wild for a second and pretend the Senate and House will come up with fabulous immigration reform. Will it have a significant effect on immigration from Latin America? In the short term, probably. However, so long as the governments and economies in Latin America are unstable, I think immigration rates will remain the same.... and the U.S. hasn't always contributed to Latin American stability.
When was the last revolution in the U.S.? 200 years ago. When was the last revolution in Latin America? Oh wait, there's a new one brewing.
So blame it on the borders if you will, or maybe it is just the chickens coming home to roost.