Awareness - June 27, 2024 - We Welcome

Awareness - June 27, 2024

Broken immigration system provides a financial boost for criminal organizations

Mexican cartels have shifted from smuggling drugs to smuggling humans because they have found that smuggling humans has a much more lucrative return on investment, especially as increased security along the border and President Biden’s recent executive order is causing migrants to seek more dangerous pathways into the U.S. One way cartels are making money is through offering VIP packages to migrants who can afford them. This package includes a dangerous route through drainage tunnels that extend from Ciudad Juarez, MX to El Paso, TX. According to both U.S. and Mexican government officials and migrants waiting in Mexico, the cost of taking the tunnel route costs at least $6,000, with one smuggler sharing that he charges up to $15,000.

“Instead of fixing a broken immigration system, the U.S. government is outsourcing migration policy to criminal groups, some experts say, increasing practices of corruption,” noted USA Today reporters Steve Fisher and Alfredo Corchado. We need solutions that address the challenges at the border by creating a process that is secure, efficient, and humane. Check out the border framework recently proposed by a coalition of experts and immigration advocacy organizations that offers such solutions.

Increased immigration expected to boost U.S. economic growth over the next decade

A new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan agency, forecasts the significant impact foreign workers have on the U.S. economy. The report estimates that the surge in immigration the country has seen since 2021 will raise federal tax revenues by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years while only increasing spending by $300 billion. A number of economic policy makers have at least partly attributed the decrease in worker shortages to the growth of immigration. "We've seen labor force supply come up quite a bit through immigration and through recovering participation," Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said last week. "That's ongoing, mostly now through the immigration channel."