January 26, 2009

A TRADE-OFF THE DARWINIAN RIGHT WELCOMES:

Markets Solve The Immigration 'Problem': A decline in foreign migrants is a bad sign for any economy. (John Tamny, 01.26.09, Forbes)

During the darkest days of the war in Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was asked whether the United States' best days were behind it. Instead of piling on with the popular suggestion that the U.S. was a nation in decline, Blair calmly replied that failing countries usually repel rather than attract immigrants.

Far from indicating a country on the ropes, the foreigners seeking both legal and illegal entry into the U.S. in the last decade are a market signal pointing to a nation doing far better than elite thinking around the world has suggested. Simply put, countries that attract the washed and unwashed the world over are pictures of success; the countries that lose their limited human capital are failures. Cuba, North Korea and Zimbabwe do not have immigration "problems."

Blair's past thinking takes on new meaning when we consider a recent front page story from USA Today titled, "Fewer immigrants caught sneaking into U.S." Thanks to a weakened economic outlook stateside, the number of people "caught trying to sneak into the USA from Mexico is at its lowest level since the mid-1970s."

No doubt tougher border enforcement explains some of the above, but the bigger story here reveals the market forces that factor into all human activity. With jobs in the U.S. presently harder to come by, the number of migrants here has declined.


In case you wondered why the House GOP sounded so eager to force a recession when they came out against the bailout. They'd prefer a lilly-white poverty to multi-colored growth.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2009 8:41 AM
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