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New study finds wage differences between Mexican immigrants and undocumented Mexican immigrants

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.

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  • Liquidmicro
    March 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Your not really attempting to say that a Thesis is a factual document and trying to use it to justify an argument, are you? A thesis is nothing more than a persons attempt to persuade others to believe what he/she has researched and has made the information fit their goal.

  • Lew Waters
    March 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Uh, how many times have we that oppose ILLEGAL immigration have stated this, among other things?
    When you come here ILLEGALLY, you forego the protections of one who immigrates LEGALLY!
    As we have said, advocating unlimited ILLEGAL immigration relegates those poor people to a new slave class.
    Wouldn’t your cause be better served to advocate streamlining immigration laws more, over open borders and ILLEGALS?

  • Rory from
    March 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    This is exactly why a path to citizenship needs to be established. Illegal immigrants can’t expect the protection that lawful citizens enjoy.

  • TL Winslow
    June 30, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    The age-old pesky U.S.-Mexico border problem has taxed the resources of both countries, led to long lists of injustices, and appears to be heading only for worse troubles in the future. Guess what? The border problem can never be solved. Why? Because the border IS the problem! It’s time for a paradigm change.
    Never fear, a satisfying, comprehensive solution is within reach: the Megamerge Dissolution Solution. Simply dissolve the border along with the failed Mexican government, and megamerge the two countries under U.S. law, with mass free 2-way migration eventually equalizing the development and opportunities permanently, with justice and without racism, and without threatening U.S. sovereignty or basic principles.
    To read the proposal, Google “Megamerge Dissolution Solution”, or click url.

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