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Sep 02, 2010

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Chuck North

I wonder whether our crackdown on securing the border is deterring some of the Mexicans from leaving. While it is true that effectively securing the border could reduce the inflow of Mexican immigrants, it also seems that it would cause those already here to think twice about going back to Mexico for a while to wait out the recession. (I also wonder just how much we really can secure the border, but that is another matter.)

If I were an illegal Mexican immigrant and the difficulty of crossing the border has gone up, then I might stay in the U.S. even if I might like to return to Mexico - because once I leave I might not be able to get back.

Michael W. Kruse

It's an interesting question. I've wondered if it might be due in part to the American economy going sour. With fewer jobs in the US and more Americans looking for work, the opportunity costs have shifted.

I've heard the case that the trade-off of stricter enforcement could be fewer people coming in but once in, not going back ... actually increasing the number of undocumented workers. Don't know what merit it has.

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