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What a Shocker

Posted by clubsodaandsalt on September 28, 2005

It never ceases to amaze me how little peple understand about how people react to incentives. This article offers a case in point. Says the NYT:

But not, Mr. Passel said, irrespective of more stringent security measures and backlogs that have cut back legal immigration everywhere. Since the Department of Homeland Security took over the gatekeeper role after Sept. 11, 2001, it has been much harder to get a visa, he noted, and the admission of refugees has plummeted.

The study calculated that the number of legal permanent residents entering the United States declined to 455,000 last year from 647,000 at the peak in 2000. The number of unauthorized immigrants, including those who overstay visitors’ visas, surpassed the number of legal entrants at the peak with 662,000 and remained higher; it was estimated at 562,000 last year. Legal, temporary residents declined to 174,000 from a peak of 268,000.

So instead of reducing illegals, the moronic regulations enacted by DHS and company have only served to reduce _legal_ immigration, while illegal immigration continues apace. This matches the anecdotal evidence I’ve been hearing.

I’ve been saying it for a while — if you want to fight terrorism amongst immigrants, the best way to do it is by having people be documented, and fostering positive relationships between immigrants and the authorities. When you set up draconian legislations and create an atmosphere of fear and resentment, all you do is dampen the will of folks to get documented, and increase the incentive to avoid the authorities altogether. But God forbid we pursue sensible policy in this country.

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