December 28, 2015

Time for Cartman's Wall

I'm less worried about living in a computer simulation and more worried about living in a South Park episode. Cartman's border wall to keep the immigrants in the US may be needed after all.

The U.S. construction and home-building boom in the 1990s and early 2000s is a notable phase. Without formal market mechanisms allowing bidders and suppliers to engage in legal transactions, underground networks matched employers to employees.

Pew's Ana Gonzalez-Barrera recently estimated that the number of illegal Mexicans in the U.S. shot up to 6.9 million in 2007 from 4.5 million in 2000. Then the Great Recession hit, the job market tanked, the labor flow ebbed and some one million Mexican migrants returned home between 2009 and 2014--more than the number of Mexicans coming here.

The result, says Ms. Gonzalez-Barrera, is that "the net flow from Mexico to the U.S. is now negative, as return migration of Mexican nationals and their children is now higher than migration of Mexicans heading to the U.S." She estimates that there were 140,000 fewer Mexicans living in the U.S. in 2014 compared with 2009.

Perhaps Mister Trump will get them to pay for it after all.

Immigration Posted by John Kranz at December 28, 2015 12:12 PM

Nice shot on the Donald, but think about the implicit logic - We shouldn't object to unchecked immigration from Mexico because all of that labor is good for our economy, but Mexico might pay for a wall to keep them from returning there and thus ... improving the Mexican economy?

I won't pick a fight over the direction of migration between the USA and the southernmost nation in North America, but where does O'Grady find proof that it is an outward flow because "the Great Recession hit?" I think they just don't want to live under a corrupt government so they returned to Mexico for knowable and avoidable laws.

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