Would tighter border security curb illegal immigration?

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November 7, 2012 by glgalvan

Mark Krikorian from the Center for Immigration Studies argues the pro of this question. He claims that there are three layers to the immigration situation. The first layer is the visa-issuing consulates abroad and how many immigrants are take advantage of that permission. The second layer is the border itself that would include the legal entry points. The last layer is the layer that he believes matter the most to the immigration situation; the interior of the country. Mr. Krikorian claims that the weakest link is the interior of the country that keeps accepting illegal immigrants and giving them jobs.

On the opposing side of the question, Douglas S. Massey from Princeton University takes a more economical standpoint. He introduces the idea that the economies of the U.S and Mexico are integrating and this is accompanied by the migration of people. Massey claims that the effect of restrictive border policies was to double the net rate of undocumented population growth. This lead to giving the Hispanics the tile of the nation’s largest minority years before Census Bureau demographers had projected. Also, Massey states “At this point, pouring more money into border enforcement will not help the situation, and in my opinion constitutes a waste of taxpayer money. We must realize that the solution to the current crisis does not lie in further militarizing the border with a friendly trading nation that poses no conceivable threat.”

In my point of view, I would have to agree with Mr. Massey simply because it only makes sense to try and save money for the country. On the other hand, Krikorian takes a more categorical approach and tries to introduce the idea of layers that contribute to immigration. 



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