As border crossings continue to escalate, Kamala Harris is scheduled to make a trip to Central America to promote a $4 BILLION pledge to help fund those countries’ development efforts, even as many at home are still reeling from the effects of the lockdowns. The hope is to promote economic development in these countries, among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, so that there will be reduced demand and motivation for their people to make the trek north to the United States, quite often through the use of unscrupulous coyotes.
A problem with this strategy that some analysts have pointed out is that rising incomes in previously impoverished countries might actually have the opposite effect of what Harris is seeking to encourage. In fact, Mark Krikorian, Executive Director at the Center for Immigration Studies pointed out the irony that rising incomes in Mexico during the 1990s triggered a wave of illegal immigration “literally unprecedented in history,”. To this day, Mexico remains the largest sender of immigrants, both legal and illegal, in America’s history with over 11 million currently residing in the country.
Indeed, while the Mexican-born population in the United States had remained stable for the last decade or so, rising incomes in Central America might well trigger a similar wave of both legal and illegal immigrants as what happened in Mexico two decades prior. Similar trends are taking place in Europe with regards to Africa and the Middle East, with many challenges bubbling up especially on the question of assimilation. The next few years might very well determine if America suffers from a similar fate.
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