Sierra Club Borderlands Campaign
- Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sierra Club Borderlands Campaign
The Sierra Club has announced a Borderlands Campaign.
"More than 600 miles of border walls and barriers have been constructed in all four southern border states, with dozens of miles still being constructed or planned.
This reckless project has meant dire consequences for vast expanses of pristine wild lands, including wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, and national forests.
Help stop the Border Wall and protect communities and wildlife."
At the link above, watch the video of Wild Versus Wall about the environmental effects of the current border policy.
According to the Sierra Club, "U.S. policies along our southern border are proving ineffective, costly, and harmful to people and the environment.
Construction of border walls has not curbed migration but has cost taxpayers an average of $4.5 million per mile.
More than 600 miles of border walls and barriers have been constructed in all four southern border states, with dozens of miles still being constructed or planned."
October 31, 2010 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)
The Costs of Deporting "Them" All?
The L.A. Times reports that "all seven Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee have signed a letter asking the Department of Homeland Security how much money it needs to deport every illegal immigrant the government encounters. The request came in an Oct. 21 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and asks her to `detail exactly how much funding' would be needed 'to ensure that enforcement of the law occurs consistently for every illegal alien encountered and apprehended.' The Republican senators requested a response by Nov. 15." KJ October 31, 2010 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)
How Immigrants Create More Jobs
Economist Tyler Cowen writes in the N.Y. Times that "the continuing arrival of immigrants to American shores is encouraging business activity here, thereby producing more jobs, according to a new study. Its authors argue that the easier it is to find cheap immigrant labor at home, the less likely that production will relocate offshore." The study is "Immigration, Offshoring and American Jobs" and is authored by Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano (Bocconi University, Italy), Giovanni Peri (UC Davis), and Greg C. Wright (Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis). There remains some questions about the impact of immpgranbt workers on U.S. citizen workers. Last week, the Pew Hispanic Center released a reports that unemployment has fallen among foreign-born workers over the past year, while rising among native-born workers. Fearing that some observers will undoubtedly conclude from this that the jobs which went to foreign-born workers would have otherwise gone to native-born workers if not for the presence of immigrants in the labor market, the Immigration Policy Center quickly responded. The IPC emphasized that, in reality, immigrant and native-born workers are not interchangeable, nor do they compete with each other for some fixed number of jobs in the U.S. economy. Moreover, many immigrants are highly skilled professionals who create jobs through their inventiveness and entrepreneurship. The Pew report provides no detail about the skill level of the workers who have gained or lost jobs since last year, nor does it tell us where in the country they live. KJ