Former U. S. Ambassador to Mexico Jorge Castaneda and employer advocate Tamar Jacoby argue for open borders:
When the economy begins recovering, U.S. housing starts will climb, restaurants will fill up again, Americans will take the vacations they’ve been putting off and more. Revitalized businesses will once again need foreign workers for jobs that increasingly educated Americans do not want.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, for five to 10 more years at least, the working-age population will continue to grow faster than the number of decent-paying jobs, and young workers will continue to want to go where they can make a better living. It’s supply and demand — to the benefit of both countries.
The United States can recognize this reality and harness it — or pretend it doesn’t exist and live with the costs of denial. If these workers cannot enter the United States legally, they will find ways to enter illegally, no matter how much border and work-site enforcement is in place, no matter how dangerous the trip or how high the price. Hoping that people will stop coming is as illusory as thinking that those already in the United States will pack up and go home.
The bottom line is that the only way to stop illegal outflows from Mexico is to legalize them, adapting the law to reality, not the other way around.
I think this may be a hard sell.
Additionally, I’m not sure how to reconcile this with the Obama Administration’s plan for universal health insurance coverage, at least not at a cost that we could afford. Universal world coverage?