Guest Post – The Root of Immigration

“Every action has a reaction.”

Keep that thought in mind next time you vote for a politician, especially when the position he is being elected into plays a crucial role in the international sphere. The actions he takes will have drastic effects, not just on the nation being helped or sanctioned, but in the other nations as well. The decisions made by the United Nations and the countries that enforce them have both immediate and delayed consequences. Which is why, we need to start reconsidering the angle of approach we take. Some of the consequences that can come from actions like: sending weapons to rebels, sending troops to help the current regime in power, and/or placing economic sanctions on a country, include: increase of tensions between the people and the government, oppression from the government accompanied with human rights abuses, and the increase of poverty. All these consequences are local, but one that takes a while to surface is immigration.

Before analyzing the root of immigration, lets first understand the four kinds of immigrants that exist. The first immigrant is the wealthy businessman that goes to another country to invest and stays there or goes to live to another country that offers more luxuries, while he’s managing his economic empire from abroad. This kind of immigrant tends not to bother society because he either creates new jobs or is simply pumping money into the economy through lavish purchases.

The second kind of immigrant is very similar to the first one. He’s the employee of a multinational corporation that relocates its employees every so often. The corporation sets up all the paperwork and makes all the arrangement for their transition. These people are in the new country for a relatively short period of time to really be considered immigrants; nonetheless they’re immigrants because they’re coming from somewhere else. Since everything is set up for them, they’re not imposing or taking away opportunities from the citizens thus they don’t pose any issue to society.

Then the third kind of immigrant is the politically exiled. Usually, these kinds of people have made enough allies to compensate for the enemies they have. So, these allies grant them political asylum in their nation with protection. These kinds of immigrants are a small percentage of the world’s population that the people granting the asylum tend to share and admire the political ideals these people were being persecuted from, or simply despise the country exiling the person so much that they’ll happily grant the asylum. And this asylum tends not to be burden on the government except on its relations with the exiling nation – although there are exceptions to this case like the British Government having spent millions of pounds guarding Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, usually these people live peacefully afterwards.

The fourth and last kind of immigrant, and the one everyone focuses on, is the poor person coming from a highly corrupt and developing country in which opportunities for prosperity are almost nonexistent. So, these people flee their country risking everything they own, just to try their luck elsewhere and be able to feed their families.

The first three kinds of immigrants don’t pose any real threat or burden to the society thus they’re usually forgotten about. However, the fourth kind of immigrant does pose a threat to society. Because he doesn’t come alone, he comes with a wave of people that are looking for the same thing as he is: a new opportunity. And the countries forced to deal with this wave are the developed nations.

But why does immigration happen? The answer is simple: the home government, who’s supposed to provide the economic opportunities for people to live decently, is unable to provide them because the job market cannot offer opportunities to everyone that wants one or the people do not meet the qualifications necessary for the current dominant industry or the wage the is so low that the worker can’t feed his family every day.

Keep in mind: the immigrant doesn’t want to leave his country. All of his roots, culture, identity, and family are there. Going to a completely different place with no real guarantee of safety or success is a daunting and terrifying choice, but if there’s no opportunity present for him and he can’t provide for his family, he’ll take that risk.

But, what happens with the millions of dollars that go into foreign aid to help developing nations tackle these issue? The governments are so corrupt that the officials in charge are filling their pockets with this aid and the people never get a chance to see a dime. If the officials wouldn’t steal the money sent to them from abroad and the tax money from the people, there would be a drastic change in the course of the country and new opportunities would surface. Unfortunately, there’s no way of stopping these officials from stealing but there is a way to reduce the immigration.

One way of reducing immigration is by sending foreign aid directly to the people not the government. This practice is already in use in the form of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOS) and institutions like the World Bank that encourage governments to invest the money lent to them more efficiently. Also, the UN has a strong campaign called the Millennium Goals, which consists in tackling poverty and other issues pertaining to human rights by 2015.

While all these efforts are great, they’re still not good enough. They’re not tackling the real root of the problem and that is corruption. Corruption breeds decadence. A corrupt government basically means that the officials in charge are above the law. They can do anything they want and will not be held accountable, unless they’re overthrown and persecuted by the new government. But, once in power, these officials will guarantee their perpetuation of power and prevent any sort of opposition from gaining power using any means necessary to ensure their ultimate goal: power. In such a globalized world, it seems ridiculous that any nation would get away with such levels of corruption and atrocities. Yet, it happens and usually it keeps on happening because these nations have been given the green light by its peer nations. As long as there’s an agreement that works in the interest of the powerful nations, a blind-eye will be turned. But the moment these interests are threatened, then nations will react in order to prevent it from occurring. The problem with this attitude is that while it benefits one country in the short-term, the long-term damages affect all the players involved.

Members of the Security Council tend to act with this mentality in the back of their minds. But if instead they sacrificed those interests and stopped turning a blind-eye to all the corruption and oppression going on, then real changes in these societies and their rule-of-law will occur. Both the living conditions and economic opportunities would start to improve and the problem of immigration will eventually cease to exist.

So, next time you choose a leader who will be playing in the international arena choose one that will work towards everyone’s interest not just for some. Because his actions will have long-lasting effects for generations to come and right now we’re starting to see them surface.


Thank you OM for letting post in your blog. My name is Lex Solo and I blog at Lex Solo’s Political Rantings – come and discuss politics with me.

16 thoughts on “Guest Post – The Root of Immigration

  1. Pingback: Guest Post - The Root of Immigration

  2. Pingback: The Root of Immigration | Lex Solo's Political Rantings

  3. Lex, you missed on other type of immigration, the one that is going on between Mexico and the US (not the wave of children from Central America). This is just as bad as your fourth type, maybe even more so, and that is those fleeing from war, in this case the war between the cartels and the government, and among the cartels. Here, the people are caught between the waring factions, and are usually the highest casualties (collateral damage, if you will).

    Like the fourth type, they don’t want to leave their homes, but feel they have no other choice, both for their safeties and that of their children. Also, they want to keep their children from getting involve in either side of the war. The problem here is that their own governments have given up on helping them, both because many in the governments are corrupt, and because the government just doesn’t have the money to help because they are so heavily invoked in an internal war.

    The problem is exacerbated when the host country, in this case the US, though it does apply to many African and Middle Eastern countries as well, is going through its’ own financial crisis (jobs). The host country doesn’t have the jobs available for the immigrants, and since its’ own people are not financially stable their welfare systems don’t have the funding to help out either group, thus putting an even heavier burden on the host nation.

    Sadly, here in the US, the problem is made even worse by a president who doesn’t know how to, or care to, negotiate with Congress, and a Congress that feels like it is being treated with contempt. To get specific here, the President doesn’t bargain with Congress, but issues demands (“do it my why or I’ll go around you”) and goes in front of the media acting like a 3rd grader by calling the opposing party names. It is the acerbated when half of Congress refuses to work with the other half. In this case Reid refuses to bring republican bills up for a senate vote, and Boehner talks about legal suits against the president. Thus, issues like how to handle the influx of immigrants, which could/would/was easily dealt with in the past goes unresolved, while the problem itself grows, leaving individual states (even counties) the burden of enforcement.


    • Yes and No moderntheologian. Yes, you are right I should’ve categorized those immigrants as another type of immigration because it’s a large growing number of people that face this situation. And you’ve pointed out the crude reality that they face.

      But the reason why I didn’t categorize them is because they stem from the fourth type of immigrant. These people are also part of the lower economic strata in the developing nations, but due to how unsafe their living environment is they’re forced to flea the country.

      The reason why I say that they stem from the fourth type of immigrant is because the only reason drug cartels come into existence is desperation caused by poverty and lack of education. These drug lords can control the city they live in because of how poor it is, so recruiting young people to do their business is very easy. The governments can’t do much because even its armed forces defend and cover for these cartels. And even some of the officials of the government are backed by these cartels, so the system is already infiltrated – just like you said, the government is corrupt.

      Normally the elite portion of the population doesn’t get affected because they know how to keep away and have body guards at all times. So, the poor must flee the country because there’s no other place to go within their country that can provide safety and economic opportunity.

      I completely agree with you in the US’ current situation, but I’m not going to get into a discussion about a president whose respect I don’t have. American politics bores me and at the moment seems to be going nowhere because the leadership is terrible and unwilling to compromise. It’s very sad because the United States was once a great country greatly admired and respect by many. Now, it’s becoming a joke in the international arena.

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate the points you raised.


  4. Wishful thinking that those who run governments, manage multinational corporations, or make global decisions will do so without exercising short-term and unenlightened self-interests. Our country, the land of the free and the home of the brave, the melting pot, the land of opportunity, has become so nationalistic that we can’t see…and don’t really want to see…beyond our own borders. Or, as you noted, we will look beyond our own borders only when we have determined it’s in our “best interests” to do so. Screw everyone else. Let’s just bomb them, invade their country, and turn them into American-like democracies. Yeah, right.

    But we’re America. God bless America. God damn the rest of the world. They’re so, well, they’re so un-American.

    Sorry, I didn’t get much sleep last night.


    • Hahaha but you’re completely right! If you decide to intervene in another country, do it to truly help them not your agenda. In the long-run both will win. A country doesn’t forget who helped it in it’s times of despair, alliances and economic negotiations will come. However, the route we are in now, only creates hatred and widens the division.
      Thanks for the comment Doobster!


  5. “Keep in mind: The immigrant doesn’t want to leave his country”
    You mean they don’t want to come to the United States just to use our social welfare services?
    I think US citizens should realize Russia also has a lot of immigrants inbound. It’s not government handouts people want, it’s economic opportunity. No one would leave their country if they had real economic opportunity.


    • AMEN! I doubt it can be said better than what you just said! The US is not the only country that has massive waves of immigration commit in, every developed country has to deal with that issue. Thanks for the comment bittersportspills.


  6. Great article, Lex!
    One of the hardest tyrannies to spot is the kind that brings about ample prosperity to help mask the fact that it is a tyranny.
    Take Nazi Germany, for example. Hitler brought Germany out of the Great Depression, and the majority of Germans were unaffected by Hitler’s wars and round-up’s, so they went through WWII virtually unaware their country was even under a tyrannical regime.
    I fear the same sort of outcome has taken place today with the US, who is now doing much the same stuff that Germany did back prior to and during WWII. It looks like most governments, including some Western ones, need some good overhauling.


    • Thanks Boteotu! I appreciate the comment.
      And yes I agree with everything you said. I feel that the reason we’re headed in this direction is because governments are keeping it’s citizens ignorant. And an ignorant society never questions, just follows blindly and accepts what it’s told to believe.
      We need to clean the corruption from within in order to start making world peace, equality, and human dignity a permanent reality.


Share your opinion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s