Well, Mexico seems to be seeing a “benefit” from their population moving abroad to find work:

Mexicans living abroad sent more than US$4 billion (euro3 billion) home in the first quarter of 2005, a 20 percent increase over the same period a year before, the Bank of Mexico said.

The remittances, the majority from migrants living in the United States, are Mexico’s second-largest source of foreign income after oil.

Last year, Mexicans sent home US$16.6 billion (euro12.8 billion,) 24 percent more than in 2003.

So now you can go to Wendy’s with a smile on your face knowing that you are helping the 11 million Mexican immigrants in this country increase the money they send back home.  There has been lots of talk about immigration since the REAL Id stuff has started.  I don’t see it as a very hard problem to solve (and stricter driver’s license requirements have nothing to do with it).

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But first, let me just say that immigration is usually bad for all parties involved.  People don’t leave their homes and family because things are great.  They leave because it sucks, and they want a better life.  I believe that people would rather not risk life and limb to enter America if their home countries could provide them with the jobs they needed.

Want to stop the influx of immigrants?  Raid the employers.  This should be the Democratic line.  Just go bust some heads at your local fast-food restaurant, or the kitchen staff at any goddamn restaurant in this country (fancy or not).  Send the owners to jail.  Fine them huge amounts, and take away their business license.

Do that about 20 times across the country, and threaten to keep doing it, and employers will stop hiring illegals because it won’t be cheaper any more.  Remember, illegals lower wages for everyone–including themselves.  It’s not that American’s won’t do the jobs.  It’s that employers can pay a shit-load less if they hire an illegal, because they won’t get in trouble for doing it.

That needs to change.  Hiring illegals means you hate America, and Americans.

If employers didn’t hire illegals, there would be no demand.  If there is no demand, there will be no supply.

Cross-posted @ jScoop, where we are still looking for some opinionated front-page posters to join our ranks.  Stop by.

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