Monday, October 03, 2011

How to Deport Illegal Immigrants without Harming the Economy

Every time the issue of illegal immigration comes up, some op ed columnist says something like, "We can't deport that many people without destroying our economy!" For that argument to make sense you have to be either stupid or extremely unimaginative.

Large deportations of illegal immigrants would only harm our economy if you did not replace them. If, for every illegal you deported, you admitted one additional legal immigrant, you would find that not only would the economy not be harmed, it would positively benefit as an immigrant with legal protections who can fully participate in society will produce far more than could ever be recovered by the exploitation of an illegal.

All immigrants are not created equal. Deport the illegals, replace them with legals, and everyone will be better off.


Blogger Noumenon said...

It sounds brilliant when you put it that way. So why not? My first thought was that opposition to illegal immigration may include racists in the coalition, using the illegal angle as cover. They wouldn't support this policy, making it politically weaker.

My second thought was that illegal immigration benefits the upper class more than the same number of legal immigrants because they can't openly participate in politics, making for easier class warfare. But, I'm not sure if they really want to participate anyway.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Yoel Natan said...

Oh great, replace Catholic illegal immigrants with Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim legal immigrants.

There are so many unemployed and under-employed people in the US, there's no need to bring in any more immigrants. A NY Times article on the tough Alabama immigration law (see link below), says that ex-cons are finally able to get some work now the illegal immigrants are moving out. This is ironic because a 2006 article by Steve Sailer (link below) says the presence of so many immigrants (legal and otherwise) was what led many of the lower educated people into crime since they couldn't find any decent paying work. The convicts didn't have large extended family and cultures and diets whereby they could support themselves on such low wages, and probably didn't qualify for federal help like the immigrants did. For instance, the Mexican diet is low cost cuisine, and is cheap enough that low wages can buy it. Another example is whites on low wages are probably divorced and have child support to pay, and lawyers fees to pay, but the Mexican families stay together so they can support themselves. The white fathers end up going to jail for non-support.

The NY Time article also says that the immigrant workforce in Alabama will stabilize soon enough, and will be paid higher wages, too. The reason is that the legal(ized) immigrants are always undercut on wages by waves of illegal immigrants. I suppose this causes the legal Mexican population to move out of state to find higher paying work:

Black Crime: The Immigration [and Drug Culture] Dimension[s], by Steven Sailer:

Mr. Orr said there were already signs that the law was working, pointing out that the work-release center in Decatur, about 50 miles to the northwest, was not so long ago unable to find jobs for inmates with poultry processors or home manufacturers. Since the law was enacted in June, he said, the center has been placing more and more inmates in these jobs, now more than 150 a day.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...


I know that a "coalition of the willing" got a bad rap, but that's basically what politics is. Every party either has some crazies under its wing or is run by crazies. You work with what you've got.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

@Yoel Natan:

If you deport illegals without replacing them, you would wreck the economy, so the natives would be unemployed anyway. Ideally, you could fix the housing market by admitting surplus immigrants who would then require housing, for example.

You can also be strategic about whom you admit, a practice which the U.S. is notoriously bad at. Bringing in entirely unskilled, non-English speaking immigrants isn't very helpful. By contrast, they estimate that the for every immigrant admitted under the highly-skilled worker preference, five new jobs are created domestically.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

I'm with you on that, actually, that thought informed what I posted about the racists. It was only supposed to be a factual reason why your idea isn't already a political platform, not a hate.

12:49 AM  

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