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From: Charles Rowe (e-mail him)
According to a recent New York Times story, the Japanese government will pay its foreign-born but legalized Latin American blue-collar workers thousands of dollars to return home if they promise never to come back.[Japan Pays Foreign Workers to Go Home—Forever, by Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, April 22, 2009]
Japan's problem is a slightly different than the one the U.S. faces since many of our workers are illegal aliens.
But if we offered a pre-established, flat, one time rate—say $25,000— for an illegal to announce his presence, agree to leave and not come back, would this be acceptable to the Open Borders lobbyists?
Illegal immigration creates a no-win situation—America gets an abundance of services we don't particularly need like restaurant employees who then stay on and thus deprive lesser educated citizens a wider choice of jobs to choose from.
A supply and demand solution that rewards departure is essentially the same as the initial market decision to come here illegally to pursue a higher income.
Rowe taught economics at a community college in Missouri before retiring to Arkansas.