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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Washington Post accidentally tells the truth

In an editorial-disguised-as-a-news story, the Washington Post let the truth slip out.

Illegal immigration lowers wages.

The Washington Post wanted to show that the people America is deporting do not belong in Mexico. One argument is that the sudden infusion of millions of Mexicans into Mexico will harm Mexico.

From the Washington Post story:
It is hard to discern how much of the anti-immigration mishugas stems from economic illiteracy and how much from bias and a fear that American culture will be changed by newcomers. (The idea that American culture is fixed and newcomers will bring “foreign influences” has been the basis of opposition to every wave of immigration in our history. The America of people’s childhoods, about which they wax lyrical, was already the product of waves of immigrants from around the world.)
Oh wait, that was from a screed from Jennifer Rubin on July 25, 2016. Reading her, I imagine she does not have an editor but rather a fireman who extinguishes her hair when she is through writing.

Here is the story by Antonio Olivo on Friday:
After decades in America, the newly deported return to a Mexico they barely recognize
MEXICO CITY — The deportees stepped off their flight from El Paso looking bewildered — 135 men who had left families and jobs behind after being swept up in the Trump administration’s mounting effort to send millions of undocumented immigrants back to their economically fraught homeland.
 As they filed into Mexico City International Airport last week, government employees handed them free ham-and-cheese sandwiches, Mexican ID cards and information directing them to social services in the capital.
“Welcome back!” a cheerful government worker called out, taking down names and phone numbers.
Then the men, who had spent as many as 20 years in the United States before being caught and held in detention for several weeks, walked out into a Mexico many of them barely remember, where job opportunities are scarce and worries about the worst inflation in a decade await them.
The editorial-news story's point is they don't belong there. Culturally. Economically.

Just like they do not belong in the United States.

The difference being that billionaire Jeff Bezos and his staff fret for Mexico. Why this infusion of Mexicans into Mexico will increase social costs, change the culture, and lower wages.

From Antonio Olivio's editorial-news story:
More returnees means lower wages for everybody in blue-collar industries such as construction and automobile manufacturing, where competition for jobs is likely to increase, economists say.
Moreover, the loss of remittances from the United States — Mexico’s second-largest source of revenue at roughly $25 billion last year — could have devastating effects, particularly in rural areas.
At the same time, though, there will be more English-speaking Mexicans entering the workforce who’ve honed their skills in the United States, a development that in the long run could position Mexico to be a stronger player in the global economy, analysts say.
That last point is interesting, but do not overlook the impact of the loss of remittances -- welfare sent back home by illegal aliens.

That is the leverage the United States has. I wonder if our myriad of federal drug laws give President Trump the power to cut off all remittances to a narco state like Mexico.

At any rate, it is nice of the Washington Post to finally admit that illegal immigration has a very harmful effect on the nation.

To bad, the nation the Washington Post is worried about is Mexico.

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  1. From the left's point of view, damage to the American middle class and blue-collar workers is a good thing. Just look at Democrat policies.

  2. A recent NYT op ed by an objective economist discussed the same thing only in a more honest fashion and dwelt only on the US: Illegals cost a lot and probably more than they contribute to the economy. A major problem with the "undocumented" is that they pay no income tax on most of what they earn. Because of their huge presence there, In the Los Angeles area about 30% or more of all transactions are in cash. But since they spend the money the locals don't care who pays their taxes, even if it is them in the long run.
    And the tech blogs I see are often are especially bitter about he B visas.
    Trump has much hidden support for what he is doing. It would be interesting to know how many illegals the WaPo's owner Bezos employs. Perhaps not a few.

    1. Shadow people operate in shadow economies which do not contribute to the social safety net, which those shadow workers make full use of.

  3. We've been told forever by the smart boys and girls in the media that importation of Mexicans enriches culture and generates wealth. Yet, the Mexican government does not seem to be embracing this return flow of enrichment and untold wealth. Maybe the smart boys and girls need to go south of the border for some diversity education seminars.

  4. Send the illegals back and if they wish to return, make them apply like everyone else. Make Mexico Great Again! And let El Salvador deal/suffer with the criminals it sends us. That country should be one of the Gang of Eight whose citizens must be carefully vetted.

  5. I have always thought that if we closed the border with Mexico, there would be a revolution against the corruptocrats.

  6. Noticed the shift from statements to questions?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
    Is it true the DNC would not allow the FBI access to check server or other equipment after learning it was hacked? Can that be possible?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
    Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, "Tell Vladimir that after the election I'll have more flexibility?" @foxandfriends

  7. I had to clean the vomit off of my phone after reading Jennifer Rubin's comment. An economic illiterate calling me an economic illiterate and then lecturing me about our culture makes my day.

  8. From traveling to Mexico those returning from the US, regardless of why, bring to Mexico foreign ideas about human rights and how much less corrupt government operates. The Mexican government relief valve for those with a measure of discontent is going, going, gone.

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  10. Maybe Mexico will get the revolution they've been waiting for.

  11. The Truth: Common Sense plus Simple Arithmetic. Both are in serious shortage at the WaPo. - Elric