LatinaLista — There is a very simple reason as to why the United States is in the mess it is in when it comes to having lost control over illegal immigration.
Nobody ever wanted to talk about our dependence on illegal labor.
Well, finally there’s a Texas economist who is not only talking about it but supporting it.
Texas economist Ray Perryman, in his address to the Building Future Talent Workforce Summit, that was held yesterday in McAllen, Texas, told attendees that undocumented labor is such an integral part of the state’s economy that dark days lie ahead when federal authorities start requiring employers to fire workers with false Social Security numbers.
Perryman told the audience:
We have built a huge part of the economy on the undocumented workforce, and until now we have been quiet about it.
I tell you, if you took them (undocumented workers) out today our economy would look pretty ugly. Our construction industry would fall apart, our agricultural industry would fall apart, the hospitality industry would fall apart.
We have built an economy around that (immigrant) workforce. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But, I think we need to bring it out in the open and talk about it, and get a process to make it more efficient and make it legal.
Maybe it’s time more economists were included in the debate and less politicians.