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No Count of Green Card Commuters at Our Borders — And It’s My Fault


My colleague Art Arthur wrote the opposite day about an odd a part of our odd immigration system: the function of the inexperienced card holders who reside in Mexico (or to a much lesser extent Canada) and who work within the United States, and the way they’re clearly not residents of this nation, however retain everlasting resident alien standing anyway.

Most of those inexperienced card commuters have jobs in southern California or southern Texas, many of the jobs are comparatively ill-paid by U.S. requirements, however well-paid by Mexican ones and thus they get the perfect of all potential worlds, an earnings set within the United States and most bills set at Mexican charges. Housing is notably cheaper on the opposite aspect of the border.

Arthur famous: “By the way, at the time [the Supreme Court] issued Bustos, there were 42,000 daily LPR commuters from Mexico, 10,000 from Canada, and some 8,300 seasonal commuters, by INS’s estimate. How many are there today? I have no idea, because DHS does not publish statistics on this unique cohort of “non-resident everlasting resident aliens.”

Bustos was issued in 1974.

After the defeat of Hubert Humphrey within the 1968 presidential election, I used to be a Democratic political appointee on the outer edges of the LBJ White House, and a former appointee within the U.S. Labor Department (DOL). I used to be about to be unemployed, and when speaking to a then-assistant secretary of Labor, he mentioned: “David, we are giving research grants to people like you who can produce acceptable research proposals, you might look into that.”

I did, and determined — this is the connection lacking up to now — to check inexperienced card commuters. The analysis grant was signed at 4:30 within the afternoon of the final day of the Johnson administration; by that point I used to be off the White House payroll. I had an exquisite yr, partially on the southern border, doing the analysis, which was printed each by DOL and the then-Subcommittee on Migratory Labor of the U.S. Senate. I concluded that the inexperienced card commuters’ existence associated with the affect of their U.S. borderland employers, who benefited from their low wages. It was the primary of my many migration-related analysis tasks.

A couple of years later I acquired a telephone call from somebody within the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He mentioned, as I recall: “Mr. North, are you still using the data we are collecting on green card commuters?”

I mentioned: ” Why are you calling me?”

He mentioned: “You are the only one we know who uses these data, and if you aren’t using them [as I was not] we will stop collecting them.”

So the info assortment ended. I by no means have had the same telephone call in my complete life.

While many of the commuters we studied (I had some part-time assist on the border) had been Mexicans who had secured inexperienced card standing earlier than shifting again to Mexico, there have been additionally some 7,000 to eight,000 U.S. residents, once more largely of Mexican descent, who lived in that nation and commuted to jobs within the States.

We additionally discovered that the rabbi in McAllen, Texas, on the time, was a inexperienced card commuter. As I recall he was not a Mexican nationwide.

For a abstract of that analysis proposal see here.


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