Good, Bad, or a Double-Edged Sword
November 14, 2011 12:06pm CST
Many small midwestern towns have found that they are slowly dying as young people move away and few new people have moved in. For some areas in Kansas and other midwestern states, this trend is now reversing. New families are moving in and no homes are standing abandoned. New businesses are opening. Classrooms are full. These towns are booming. The cause for the turn around - Hispanics are moving into these small towns in droves. They want a quieter small town to live in and work in and raise their families away from the big cities. This is good for the towns. They are no longer dying. But, the potential problem is that many of the Hispanics that are moving there were born in Mexico. If these Hispanics are in the US legally, this is not a problem. They will be here for a long time to come and so will their children. The problem is that if these immigrants are here illegally, this boom could disappear in a flash. Many states are enacting laws to make if harder for illegal immigrants to stay here and President Obama's administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any other past administration. When similar laws come to these states, the immigrants who are there illegally will just walk away looking for an easier place to live under the radar. They will also all leave in a very short period of time (as was evidenced in the recent illegal immigrant departures from Alabama). If these samll towns are dependant upon illegal immigrants, they will not be facing a slow death; but, a very rapid one. These towns would be advised that the best policy is to continue to attract immigrants; but, let it be known that only ones who are in the country legally need come.
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• United States
16 Nov 11
I agree that legal immigrants can make a big impact on smaller towns. Many of them are happier in smaller towns because that is the way they were raised and that is what they want for their families. Unfortunately, illegal immigrants will try to blend in with the legal ones; and, if there are too many of them, any disruption that chases them away will also have a major impact on a small town; but, it will be a negative one.
14 Nov 11
I think small country towns all over the world have this problem of the young moving out, I guess they see the bright lights of the city and want to try a new life, here in Australia older people seem to be moving out to the country towns to retire, maybe the young will come back one day..
• United States
16 Nov 11
While it is true that many older people will moveback to country towns where life moves slower, you still need a balance of younger people to provide services for these people. If the balance starts to get to far off, the older people will move away to places where they can get needed services.