Friday, July 29, 2011

Sacramento City News: Improving Mexican economy draws undocumented immigrants home from California

Devastatingly high and ongoing unemployment one non-Arizona solution. Also check out Michael Barone's column on the historic ebb and flow of immigration to the United States.
There are fewer undocumented immigrants in California – and the Sacramento region – because many are now finding the American dream south of the border.

"It's now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico," Sacramento's Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutiérrez, said Wednesday. "We have become a middle-class country."

Mexico's unemployment rate is now 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States.

An estimated 300,000 undocumented immigrants have left California since 2008, though the remaining 2.6 million still make up 7 percent of the population and 9 percent of the labor force, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.


Amy said...

Imagine if we repealed NAFTA, how many more would find jobs close to home. People don't leave their native lands lightly. They follow the work. NAFTA was devastating to Mexican agriculture.

So, lots more US farm jobs are available. Do you suppose jobless US Americans will fill them?

Bill Baar said...

I'd open borders to any citizen from a NAFTA / CAFTA signatory nation. I'd attach a green card to the diploma of every foreign grad of a US school. I favor free movment of people, goods, services, and capital and think that leads to growth, emploment, and prosperity.