Skip to comments.4.7% Mexican Unemployment: uided sympathy for illegals harming Mexico, costing American jobs
Posted on 01/29/2013 1:50:02 PM PST by Moseley
Mexicos unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% of the working age population in September 2012, according to the Financial Times, October 19, 2012. Yet misguided sympathy is causing the loss of U.S. jobs. The emotional appeal that illegal aliens would suffer if sent home is the central driving force of the illegal immigration debate.
Make no mistake: Illegal aliens will go home. The only question is whether they will go home only after the United States Government has gone bankrupt, the economy has collapsed, and there are no more jobs or whether the U.S. will come to its senses. In fact, illegal aliens have another country to go home to. U.S. citizens will be left holding the bag.
Americas last remaining hope to avoid national disaster is to drastically grow our economy with millions of new jobs. Tax revenue would dramatically increase. Wages would rise. Federal spending would cut itself as fewer people need government financial assistance. Sending illegal aliens home has now become a question of national survival. Everyone in the U.S.A. will suffer.
Yet the U.S.A. is bleeding jobs because we feel strangely sorry for citizens of other countries even though they are breaking our laws. Illegal immigration is a curious paradox of sympathy for trespassers contrasted with no sympathy for unemployed Americans.
The actual facts contradict the emotional fluff driving calls for amnesty for illegal aliens.
First, the average Mexican salary is $6,143 per year. http://www.worldsalaries.org/mexico.shtml However, in local buying power $6,143 equals $49,574 per year of lifestyle within the Mexican economy. Outside of tourist traps, the cost of living is about 12.4% of what the same lifestyle costs in the U.S.A. According to the International Monetary Fund, $1.00 converted into pesos will buy the equivalent of $8.07 in local purchasing power within Mexico. http://www.tradingeconomics.com/mexico/implied-purchasing-power-parity-ppp-conversion-rate-imf-data.html
Second, the Mexican economy is stronger than the U.S. economy: Mexicos economy grew by 5.4% in 2010 and 3.85% in 2011 according to the CIAs World Fact Book. Historically, from 2000 until 2012, Mexicos unemployment rate averaged 3.68 % reaching an all time high of 5.93 % in May of 2009 and a record low of 2.22 % in November of 2002, reports Trading Economics. http://www.tradingeconomics.com/mexico/unemployment-rate
So going home to live in Mexico is simply not suffering. The U.S.A wishes we had 3.68% unemployment. Furthermore, trespassers who have worked in the U.S.A. have gained skills and work habits, including English, that would give them superior job opportunities when they return home to the countries of their birth.
Amnesty advocates talk as if the Earth is flat, and the world stops at the USAs borders. So if we deport trespassers they will fall off the edge of the Earth into outer darkness where they will be eaten by dragons. Around 97% of the worlds population lives beyond our borders. Most of the worlds jobs are outside the U.S. Leaving the U.S.A. is not the end of the world.
Third, by contrast, the suffering of American citizens is totally ignored. About 12 million unemployed U.S. citizens are suffering poverty, worry, fear, and loss of self-esteem. Millions more suffer under-employment and the loss of their dreams. Do you think it is a coincidence that an estimated 12 to 20 million foreigners are illegally taking jobs at the same time that 12 million citizens are out of work?
A Pew Hispanic Center study http://www.illegalimmigrationstatistics.org/tag/pew-hispanic-center/ found that native-born that immigrants are benefiting before native-born workers from the slow-paced economic recovery. Between June 2009 and June 2010, foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs, while U.S. workers lost 1.2 million jobs. In fact, many minorities including Hispanics are being hurt the most.
Blacks are suffering 14.1% unemployment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in August of 2012. The U.S. unemployment rate of 7.8% measures only those actively seeking work. A record 88,839,000 Americans age 16 or older are not even trying to find a job an increase of 8,332,000 in President Obamas first term reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Fourth, we are told these are jobs Americans wont do. In fact, a majority of the workers in all job categories are U.S. native-born citizens, but four. The Center for Immigration Studies reports that 23.6 million native-born American citizens work in the exact same jobs as immigrants. Clearly Americans will do those jobs if paid a decent wage. Americans are doing those jobs now.
There are only four job categories in which most workers are immigrants. Yet 47% of those working in even those jobs are native-born citizens. CIS found that 75% of janitors are native born citizens, 65% of groundskeepers and landscapers, 58% of taxi drivers and 55% of maids and housekeepers. So the only job that an American wont do is one in which the employer is ripping people off.
Fifth, increasing salaries to fill job vacancies is a core precept of economics. That is the free market system. Pure economic theory demands that wages must increase until supply and demand come into equilibrium. If employers are not attracting enough workers, it is an unavoidable truth that that wages must increase until supply equals demand.
Sixth, some argue that open borders are key to prosperity. Yet note that Mexico enjoys 4.7% unemployment and a booming economy despite Mexicos very severe, restrictive immigration laws and harsh enforcement. What if the U.S.A. simply copied the same restrictive immigration policies and strict enforcement that Mexico has?
We need a more fact-based and logical approach to illegal immigration. Mexico needs its most industrious citizens to reform and build up their own society, to benefit everyone. Thats how the U.S.A. became what it is (once was). Mexico is rich in natural resources. Mexicos hardest-working citizens need to stay in Mexico, demand reforms, and build a prosperous Mexico. If they take a cheap short-cut, everyone in their country suffers.
If compassion is the issue, Mexico with its 4.7% unemployment and booming economy should be giving back assistance to the U.S.A. with our 7.8% unemployment and our government $16.4 trillion in debt.
But above all, we need to start having compassion on the unemployed in America. They are the ones for whom this country is actually responsible. What kind of person walks past a neighbor who is actually hurting to help a foreigner who really isnt?
This isn’t about Mexico, this is about fundamental change in America.
30 million illegals is some 50 new primarily democrat congressional districts and all the costs, pork, earmarks, entitlements, and liberal votes associated with them.
This is about ending the America we have known, burning the constitution, and transforming us to marxism.
Yup. But there are too many voters and others who feel bad — wrongly — for illegal aliens.
Mexicans should feel sorry for us with our 7.8% unemployment.
I’ve always believed that Mexico should be paying us an indemnity for taking in their people that they don’t want in their country.
If that's good enough for Israel it's good enough for us.
Well, the good news is that we won’t be securing the border, so all of us can probably find jobs there...
If the uneducated unskilled undocumented enter the workforce on a basis equal to that of citizens they will not be hired. Those makeshift Big Box store labor exchanges will go away too.
Charles posts on BIZ PAC REVIEW “I work in construction. I was told by the immigrant group to get out of thier country. I have watched my diocese build centers to put them to work in construction. They whould not hire me, a parishioner and American because it was for them. Training as an electrician is my third career training. Other countries took my manufacturing jobs. My marine service work was taken by them. Now we even import prebuilt buildings. In the January issue of Forbes magazine this practice is discribed as eliminating the expensive electrician. Apparently a living wage is now considered too expensive. When there is nothing left for much of society to care about society breaks down. Then how will the rich be able to protect thier wealth!”