LatinaLista — The authors of a new study have found that if there is a choice for Mexican immigrants to either choose California or Texas as their final destination, they're better off choosing Texas.
The authors of Cost of Being a Mexican Immigrant and Being a Mexican Non-Citizen in California and Texas, published by Sage Publications, found that while California has been the preferred destination for Mexican immigrants, it is an unfriendlier place to work and live than in Texas.
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That's hardly a surprise given California's history with the propositions.
The bigger finding from the study is the hourly wage differences found between Mexican immigrants and those Mexicans who are undocumented.
According to the study:
The results consistently show that foreign-born status and the lack of U.S. citizenship are correlated with lower hourly wages across the states. Reflecting anti-immigrant policies and sentiments, Mexican immigrants in California bear a higher cost for being foreign-born than their counterparts in Texas.
All in all, this study is a perfect example of why it's time to bring undocumented immigrant workers out of the shadows and pay them fair market price for their labor, while at the same time, targeting those employers who knowingly employ undocumented immigrant labor so they can get away with paying lower salaries to these workers and pocket extra money they're probably not reporting to the IRS.