The Economic Benefits of Mass Deportations
A propos the link left by reader el, I have to say that I find the deportation enthusiasm so frustrating because I don’t understand what it is people think they will achieve. Let’s say it’s possible to remove the 12 million illegal Juanitos from the country and move 12,000,000 native Johnnies to take their jobs. let’s even assume that Johnny will want to take the job picking strawberries at $8 an hour that Juanito was doing for $5, although I can’t imagine what the hell might motivate Johnny to do such a thing instead of claiming disability and food stamps.
But OK, whatever, let’s say we achieved this huge swap, in spite of the enormous cost and the human suffering entailed. And I don’t mean the suffering of Juanitos and Pepitas because who cares about them. I mean the hardship caused by moving half of West Virginia and a third of Ohio to the fields of California and the hotel chains of Florida. What is precisely that we will have achieved? Moving millions of first-world people to a third-world life style without an attendant third-world motivation and reasons to lead this life? Yippee. That will certainly bring tons of happiness to everybody involved.
Johnny and Jackie will never bust their chops bussing tables and living in barracks like Juanito and Pepita do. This is not because anybody is better or worse but simply because a first-world person has different motivations, goals and ways of managing life than a third-world person. Johnny needs help building his life up. He doesn’t need to be knocked down into a space that will be freed up for him by deporting Juanito.