>Second, as more come it, wages will get bid down (slightly, I think), reducing (somewhat) incentive to come (BTW, this is a risk that those who generally want freer immigration perhaps don't see coming...that there is enough of a "flood" to bid wages WAY down thus reducing these immigrants financial standing...I happen to think this will be mitigated by other factors.)
Third, the Mexican middle class is growing (fast) and so that is becoming some greater incentives to stay home. Improved trade and immigration with the U.S. may likely accelerate this even more.
Overall, I am of the view that we should open the border and stop squaking about it and work very hard on trade improvement to enable Mexico to grow its economy as well.<
Wages coming down do not reduce the incentive for unemployed Mexicans to come here. They are already low by American standards.
Mexico's economy is a shambles, their middle class is not growing anywhere near fast enough and they still have and will most likely alwyas have a huge underclass because they are a third world nation with no public school system, no birth control, and no minimum wage.
Fox loves it when Mexicans come here because it eases up on Mexico's lack of jobs, mexicans here send billions back home, and Fox ends up looking like less of a pathetic failure, which he is. The fact that Bush takes it up the ass from him says a lot about Bush's character, or lack thereof.
As for passports, next year canadians and mexicans will be required to have them to travel to the US. That will still do nothing to prevent illegal immigration unless the military is put on the border and a wall is built.