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July 17, 2012


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Gosto Tothiwim

Anyone have an idea about a humane way to deal with illegal immigration that doesn't encourage more?


Make a Mexican Marshall Plan to get their economy onto a sound footing. Eliminate the drug gangs to stabilize Mexican society (and legalizing marijuana in the US could do this almost overnight, as by some estimates marijuana smuggling makes up over 90% of their profits, but YMMV). Illegal immigration is itself a symptom of the disparity in living conditions across the border. Raise the Mexican standard of living (at least relatively) and illegal immigration drops notably. If you try to deal with it purely on the receiving country's end, you have to make the penalty for illegal immigration more significant than the gain in standard of living, which can rapidly break the 'humane' requirement.

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