Some think this is a good thing, others not so good, but the thesis of these authors–that the economic recovery is causing the current border crisis–makes sense. After all, it’s not like Honduras and El Salvador were perfectly safe places in 2008. Probably dreadful in fact, as they are now. But the difference is that now the Home Depot parking lots are filled with contractors and workers looking to do cheap and substandard construction work in every suburb in America. There is a mini-real-estate-boom, particularly among “rehabbers,” and low skill, low wage, low complaint Latin American workers have become a key part of that industry.
The idea that somehow you can escape violence completely by allowing the movement of teenagers and other people from Central America to the United States is ridiculous. It reminds me of the movement to allow domestic violence victims refuge status, as if domestic violence doesn’t happen in immigrant communities in the US. Indeed, whatever dysfunction exists in Central America is chiefly a product of the people themselves and their political system, and by coming here they will change our political system and continue on whatever endogenous trajectory they are already on towards domestic violence, gang membership, or a preference for socialism and corruption. In other words, doing anything to accommodate mass third world immigration hurts us and eventually hurts the immigrants themselves as our country resembles more and more the ones they fled.
The only slight schadenfreude aspect of this whole thing that makes me smile is that for whatever reason, lots of Central Americans have settled around our nation’s capital. Maybe as their own lifestyle is impacted by all this immigration, and as their kids start bringing home their MS13 buddies to play video games (when they are not dodging their penchant for carjacking), the leadership classes will begin to have an awakening as to what this all means.