Ed Feulner

While implementing these measures, the U.S. should take steps to improve economies south of the border.

Workers flock to the U.S. because they think that, even as illegals, they can make more money than if they were to remain at home. Sadly, they’re usually right, which explains the virtual flood of humanity across our southern border.

But it’s possible to change that. U.S. foreign policy should encourage Latin American countries to open up their economies by selling off government-run industries and help their governments create a climate that respects individual rights.

Doing so would help countries such as Mexico create more jobs, something it desperately needs to do. On average, Mexico has created a mere 500,000 jobs in each of the last five years, not nearly enough to make a dent in its unemployment rate. If Mexico can improve its economy, though, people will have a reason to stay in their native land.

The United States is, and will remain, the land of opportunity. But we can’t afford to tolerate an underground economy, populated by immigrants who are unwilling or unable to assimilate. By cracking down on illegal immigration in a smart way, we can continue our tradition of turning many into one.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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