Immigration is a cold topic now. But, in all the debate that took place since the Arizona immigration law first passed, I don’t think very many people got to the root of the cause of illegal immigration.
Illegal immigration is a result of a simple supply-and-demand shortage problem caused by the limits set by Federal government on the number of green cards and visas to admit foreigners to the states. Eliminate these limits and illegal immigration will not be an issue.
There’s a big demand of people who want to come to the States.
To come here legally, either to work as a resident or to establish residency for eventual citizenship, requires a visa or green card issued by the Department of Homeland Security. Currently, only so many of these permits are issued each year and the “quotas” or limited number of permits that are issued is far below the demand.
The demand for green cards and visas is red hot product that is sold out (see the backlog totals near the bottom of the linked wikipedia page). For skilled and unskilled workers (EB3 Visa), 40,000 are issued each year and there’s a 7-9 year backlog.
In fact, the demand is so red hot, the Federal government should look at making issuing these permits a profit center. Let the market set the limit on visas, not the government.
Don Boudreaux of George Mason University agrees and makes some excellent points in this (coincidentally timed) column for those who are concerned about issues this may bring to national security.
Eliminate the limits on green cards and visas and more people will be able to come through the proper channels to get here. Instead of risking life and limb and stepping on the property rights of landowners near the border, we should welcome them, sign them up for some of our freedom and give them a cup of coffee.
For those worried about “them” taking “our” jobs, I’d say that you’re looking at it as if its a zero sum game. It’s not. The more productive people we have, the better off we all are.