A new report from the Inter-American Development Bank predicts a massive wage of illegal immigration coming to America as the US economy picks up and Latin American economies get hit hard.
According to Alan Gomez of USA Today, “there is growing consensus that changes in the economies of Latin America and the U.S. are creating the perfect climate for another wave of undocumented immigrants racing north.”
He goes on to say that “The slow-but-steady economic recovery in the USA could also hurt Latin American economies because of rising interest rates and the U.S. Federal Reserve slowing its bond purchases in the region. Add an improved outlook in U.S. sectors that tend to lure low-skilled immigrants, like construction and retail, and the conditions are ideal for unemployed Latin Americans trying to find work in America.”
He notes that Demetrios Papademetriou, the president of the Migration Policy Institute, has said the same thing as the report, quoting him as stating “There will be more pressure for immigrants – both legal and illegal – to come to the United States.”
Gomez also notes that Congress still has the power to stop this, writing “House Republican leaders like Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, keep saying that immigration changes are a priority that must get done this year. But as the midterm elections approach, time is running out. If Congress fails, the only certainty remaining will be that we’re on the verge of another wave of illegal immigration.”
Even then, however, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the current Gang of Eight bill would only be able to slash the oncoming illegal immigration wave by half.