The United States and China are close to an agreement on repatriating illegal Chinese migrants, the U.S. security chief said on Tuesday at the end of a visit that also focused on aviation and ports security.Chertoff says he wants to send a message:
"If we catch them and release them ... we suggest to people that if they can get across the border they are home free and safe from being returned. We want to send a very different message," Chertoff told reporters...
About 39,000 Chinese were illegally in the United States, many of them brought there by people-smugglers, Chertoff said.
The Chinese in the US are less likely to voluntarily leave because of distance when they begin being deported. Hispanics would have less trouble hightailing it if they knew their time in the US was limited. So if we can do it with Chinese illegals, we certainly can with Hispanics. Yes, 39,000 is not 12 million but it is not an insignificant number either. Even if we moved to repatriate (and imprison those with records) a couple hundred thousand a year the desirability for new-arrivals would decrease and others already here would start to leave on their own.
This agreement has been reached after protestations from the Chinese government, which previously resisted taking them back. The US did some arm-twisiting to get it done.
These Chinese runaways are probably better for the US than most Hispanics. They are coming on a trip that requires greater means from a cognitively endowed country that is still not favorable to entrepreneurial types unless they have political connections. They're akin to the early waves of Cuban immigrants. Chinese Americans--47% of whom are first generation--have median household incomes 30% higher than the national average, a home ownership rate of 65% compared to a national average of 54%, and 38% have a bachelor's degree compared to a just under a quarter of the nation as a whole.
So we can deport illegals even in the face of political opposition by their host countries when the illegals are less detrimental to American well-being, but when they are positively disastrous for the US by virtually every measure possible, we must fatalistically accept what we are powerless to do anything about and instead work on making our new liabilities feel welcome.