Or how decades of US neglect created our own problem.
Why do people from Central America come here in droves? US neglect. All the countries are on the Heavily Indebted Country List, most get by on less than a dollar a day, the communities are extremely violent with gang warfare. Which we created and exported to them. So… if you ignore a region for over 100 years save for minor drug war incursions. If you fail to provide decent investment and cede the area to China. And if these countries are heavily dependent on money coming from workers abroad and you have the largest economy you are going to have a lot and I mean a lot of illegal migration. Now couple that with the current policies that the US has that is completely UNENFORCEABLE due to a decade upon decade of infrastructure and policy neglect you get what we have today. Now the problem is being made worse with the fact that our working population is decreasing. Make it worse with the fact that Americans won’t do certain jobs that require a lot of physical labor for low wages and you have our issue.
And it's not a big issue for us per se. While President Trump extols how “full” we are, the truth is we only inhabit less than 3.5% of the continental US. (Think about Alaska!) Plus, as much as Trump wants to protect his base and create jobs he is facing some stark realities. American births decrease year over year according to a recent Business Insider article. The reasons are few young people are having babies. Now we blame the college debt crisis but only 30% of Americans have a degree and we are far from an 80–100% college attendance rate! So unless you are a female age 40–49 you are choosing not to have kids because wages are low and costs are high.
But what about all those jobs illegals do? Well, there are few occupations that illegals encompass the majority of the workforce. If you want an Excel spreadsheet proving this check here. But there are simply not a lot of illegals here and Trump has done such a great job we now have a massive worker shortage in low wage jobs which have forced White Collar employers to raise wages making this problem worse which you read about here.
So aside from firing Stephen Miller (oh please fire him!) what should Trump do?
First, POTUS needs to find a way to stabilize Central America. He can do this by deploying troops, diplomats, and business executives into the region to flex American power but…
Second, POTUS needs to spend a lot!! People come here because their economies suck. By sending direct aid to the populations he can stem the tide. And it doesn’t have to be a check, in fact, it should not be a check. Instead, the US should provide security and secure loans to encourage people in the region to start businesses or expand. Although you want to really jumpstart the economy simply send every person a check to spur spending. And the cost of living is such that the amount of that check would be very small. Assuming a dollar a day spending the total amount is less than $500 a year. For 4.3 billion a year we could seed the economy with $1000 for every person. That is what we spend now for Southern Border Security. Instead of betting on a wall why not bet on people instead and expand our markets?
Finally, we need to shall we say..remove incompetent leadership and encourage free and fair elections that we secure.
So if you bring in experts, secure the countries and pump in investment POTUS can probably bring the border crisis to an end. I still won’t vote for him but I would be able to sleep better knowing our front yard is secure.