Victor Davis Hanson commentary: ‘Ethnic ‘elites’ favor loose immigration policies

Support for, or opposition to, mass immigration is apparently a class issue, not an ethnic or racial issue. Elites more often support lenient immigration policies; the general public typically opposes them.

At the top of the list are Mexico’s elites. Illegal immigration results in an estimated $25 billion sent back in remittances to Mexico each year. The Mexican government worries more about remittances, the country’s No. 1 source of foreign exchange, than it does about its low-paid citizens who are in the U.S., scrimping to send money back home. Remittances also excuse the Mexican government from restructuring the economy or budgeting for anti-poverty programs.

Mexico sees the United States the way 19th-century elites in this country saw the American frontier: as a valuable escape hatch for the discontented and unhappy, who could flee rather than stay home and demand long-needed changes.

American employers in a number of industries — construction, manufacturing, hospitality and others — have long favored illegal immigration.

Low-wage labor cuts costs…

  • BillyHW

    We need a 100 year pause in immigration.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Yes, but first a total re-understanding on just who will have a voting franchise.

  • Sid Falco

    VDH is a bore. He’s spent years bitching about mexicans thieving and generally messing up his farming area then when Trump turns up and promises to sort it out he rails against him.

    Hanson – support Trump or stfu.