Illegal immigrants have been a hot-button issue lately, and one thing I was always curious about was our neighbor to the north. People say that folks immigrating here from Mexico are trying to find a better life, better working conditions, etc. Things have become very polarized, with individuals taking sides either as illegal immigrant apologists or staunch anti-illegal immigration folks (like Minutemen).
At the same time, I also hear about how Canada has us beat on a lot of services, like universal health care and unemployment insurance. What I’m curious about is if it is so much better, why don’t they have a bigger immigration problem than we do? There’s thousands of miles of US-Canada border, likely not nearly as closely guarded as the US-Mexico border supposedly is.
It would stand to reason, in my opinion, if Canada really is better for middle/lower class workers, why wouldn’t they have a big influx of immigration? Why wouldn’t, say, a family in Montana supporting themselves in low-wage jobs not be driven to try to Immigrate to Canada, where the health coverage would help them become financially stable. I heard another statistic (could be totally BS, since I don’t have a cite, bear with me here) that said 50% of bankrupcies in California were caused by medical issues.
In a heated discussion on Fark.com people were mentioning how much better Maternal Leave is in Canada compared to the US. It makes me wonder why Mexican immigrants would settle here, where there is an apparently illegal-immigration hysteria going on. Why not just go to Canada?