We Want to Know the Plan

Judging by his tone the CEO of Gallup is pretty apparently shocked at the results of a poll taken by his own organization:

Here’s a good question about caravans: How many more are coming?

Gallup asked the whole population of Latin America. There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roughly 450 million adults live in the region. Gallup asked them, “Would you like to move to another country permanently if you could?”

A whopping 27% said “yes.”

So this means roughly 120 million would like to migrate somewhere.

The next question Gallup asked was, “Where would you like to move?”

Of those who want to leave their Latin American country permanently, 35% said they want to go to the United States.

The Gallup analytics estimate is that 42 million want to come to the U.S.

Forty-two million seekers of citizenship or asylum are watching to determine exactly when and how is the best time to make the move. This suggests that open borders could potentially attract 42 million Latin Americans. A full 5 million who are planning to move in the next 12 months say they are moving to the U.S.

Rather than find a solution for the several thousand potential migrants currently at the border, let’s start by answering the bigger, harder question — what about the 42 million who would like to come? What is the message to those millions who will seek entrance either legally or illegally? What should we tell them?

Most U.S. citizens like me just want to know the plan. What is the 10-year plan? How many, exactly whom and what skills will they bring? What do we want? Answer these questions, and the current discussion can be resolved.

Keep in mind that it’s not only 330 million Americans who are wondering — so are 42 million seekers from Latin America.

I think it’s a question that demands an answer.

How are New York and Los Angeles going to house those migrants? How will Seattle and San Francisco? How will they be fed and clothed? How will their children be educated?

We are barely producing enough jobs for what used to be quaintly called the “natural increase”. It is fantastical to believe we will produce an additional 5 million jobs beyond that over the next year, two years, or 10 years let alone 42 million.

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  • steve Link

    “So this means roughly 120 million would like to migrate somewhere.”

    I would like to start in right field next year for the Phillies.


  • The Phillies don’t take just anyone.

  • Gray Shambler Link

    America does. That’s his point.

  • steve Link

    Neither do we. As Dave pointed out we took 25,000 in asylum last year. That doesn’t seem like everyone, but YMMV.


  • Plus a million legal immigrants and half a million to a million illegals per year. I think we need to decrease the illegals substantially. That might provide more headroom for legals.

  • Gray Shambler Link

    On that poll, stop to think about who those 43 million are. They are mostly the racially segregated lower class from very racially diverse countries. They’re not doing well where they are and country of origin doesn’t want them.
    “Give us your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” really applies and there’s lots of opportunity in the drug trade here.
    Interestingly, many Native Americans see them as “brown like me” and are sympathetic to open borders. Quite a few , being single young men, do end up going to the reservations, adding their genes to the mix. But it’s not their culture and few stay. Just as well if you think about the implications of adding 43 M members to Tribal rolls that are only 5.4 M presently.

  • Guarneri Link

    I hear Goldman Sachs is looking to dramatically increase its Haitian and Guatemalan hiring. Mostly sales and trading. Not so much M&A.

    It’s just what I heard……

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