“When the smuggling began two decades ago, the cost of coming to the United States was around $15,000. Now, immigrants pay $60,000 to $80,000 to be brought to America.”
This same report says that most Chinese illegal’s come from Fujian province, which is not one of the poorest areas of China.
Another NPR report describes as an example a guy called Chen, who works as a chef making around $2,700 a month or about $32,000 a year. The median income in the US is around 40k a year.
Think about it.
These are people who are leaving China, the “greatest new economy in the world”, so they can come here and work illegally for below average wages. They spend weeks in containers, fake marriages (with fake parties and all), risk being arrested at the border, or worse.
They leave family behind, take years to re-pay their smuggler, pay for social services (like social security) they will probably never collect, deal with all the racism and discrimination liberals love to talk about, and for what?
It’s got to be something that crazy Chinese planners can never do for them… Even now when they have a booming economy. More than free healthcare, free housing, or any other hand out that big daddy government wants to provide.
They pay whatever they can borrow for a chance of becoming more. That is how much the American dream is worth.