As border crossings continue to escalate, Kamala Harris is scheduled to make a trip to Central America to promote a $4 BILLION pledge to help fund those countries’ development efforts, even as many at home are still reeling from the effects of the lockdowns. The hope is to promote economic development in these countries, among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, so that there will be reduced demand and motivation for their people to make the trek north to the United States, quite often through the use of unscrupulous coyotes.
A problem with this strategy that some analysts have pointed out is that rising incomes in previously impoverished countries might actually have the opposite effect of what Harris is seeking to encourage. In fact, Mark Krikorian, Executive Director at the Center for Immigration Studies pointed out the irony that rising incomes in Mexico during the 1990s triggered a wave of illegal immigration “literally unprecedented in history,”. To this day,