Nafta Immigration Thesis

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Matthew Hawk History 314 Final Paper Despite throngs of marginally informed and undereducated Midwestern Americans contentiously calling for the heads of the Mexican nationals who “took their jobs,” the outlook for American economic growth on the wet backs of unskilled migrant labor is very promising. Not only does our economy benefit from the integration of this low cost migrant workforce, but other national economies benefit in many ways as well. As demonstrated by significant empirical evidence, the integration of migrant labor into the US workforce provides benefit to us all, through the principles of liberal international relations and free trade, within the (mercantilist driven) protected economic zone created by NAFTA. Through this NAFTA fueled regional enrichment, affluent…show more content…
Border patrol budgets have increased annually to a projected 2.5 billion dollars in 2010 from a mere 500 million dollars in 1993, a direct and increasing cost (Villarreal). Unlike typical systems of criminal justice, courts and detention centers for immigrants cannot depend on the collection of fees to cover costs (Villarreal). Crimes committed by undocumented aliens often go unsolved as no record of an individual’s mere presence generally exists. If you ever come across one of the immigration detention centers, the prisoners often aren’t committing major crimes, but have simply been identified as an illegal alien and are being deported (Villarreal). The cost of incarcerating, caring for, and eventually deporting these individuals comes to as much as 1.5 billion dollars a year (Villarreal). These costs account for a combined 4 billion dollars in spending that could be effectively reduced to 1993 levels saving 3.5 billion dollars
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