Thursday, January 1, 2009

Undocumented Immigrants in 2009-2010

2009-2010: What about the problem of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.? What can we expect? A general amnesty or mass deportations? Effective implementation of guest-work programs? An Israeli-Palestinian, high-tech type of border fence between Mexico and the U.S.? Nothing will happen or a little bit of everything? What do you think?

Feel free to consider the following points when addressing the question:

* The U.S. has at least two years (and probably four) of an Obama presidency AND a Democratic-controlled Congress and Senate.

* Regardless of anything, there are high expectations of poor macroeconomic performance in the United States and Mexico, at least for 2009.

* Some scholars say that immigrants will not mobilize as they did in 2006 if the Catholic Church decides not to mobilize them.

* To trigger an effective mobilization of immigrants, some activists say that the only thing they need is the right political moment and the active support of the Hispanic media.

* The undocumented and documented immigrants will go back to Mexico and Central America as soon as they do not find work in the U.S. In that sense, a depression is good news for the U.S.

* Anti-immigrant groups are better organized and financed than millions of undocumented immigrants; therefore, it is a lost battle to try to achieve anything through street rallies or economic boycotts in 2009-2010. After the 2006 experience, anti-immigrant groups are well prepared and this time they know how to deal with American public opinion.


  1. omg why can we all just get along

  2. Everybody deserves at chance. Let them be,and let just get all along."Life is to short for fussyng and fighting my friends."

  3. It's true that everyone deserves a chance. But this is a very naive way to look at the issue. There are masses of people what want to get into the US and abandon their own failed states. If we "gave them all a chance" our social infrastructure would collapse, as these people do not support the system, merely suckle from it. -Proud Legal green card visa holder