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Damned if you do, damned if you… do (NAFTA, drug war, migration)

28 October 2013

It’s sort of a given (at least among conservatives) that one driver of immigration from Mexico to the United States is big business. However, as Scots academic Peter Watt argues, big business is both a driver of migration for other reasons, and benefits from anti-immigration initiatives.

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  1. norm permalink
    29 October 2013 2:40 pm

    Until the world has free movement of people, we will have problems. The idea that capital and goods are free to move at will but the producers of that wealth are restricted in their movement begets social trouble, both within and between countries.

  2. DonAlbertoDoyle permalink
    30 October 2013 9:55 am

    It just wasn’t a very good segment. He looked like he was up all night on blow, he was inarticulate, couldn’t maintain a straightforward narrative, and failed to directly answer the host’s questions. Also, his was mostly a recitation of fairly trite and well known tropes, some of which are demonstrably less than true (e.g., a great deal of the deportation of “Mexicans” consists of Hondurans and Guatemalans and Nicaraguans who are smart enough to say “Mexican”, so that they are deported twenty yards across the Rio Bravo rather than 1500 miles back home). Finally, what was his point? That surveillance companies like to sell surveillance equipment? Wow, knock me over with a feather.

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