I suspect, at this writing, this is something you likely already know or have considered, even if in a fragmented fashion over time. I’ll try to keep politics out of this, as we all know, if we are paying attention to how the political landscape is driving the internal migration within the United States.
Illegal immigration is one of the most polarizing topics in America today. While many people view it as an essential aspect of what makes this country great, others see it as a serious threat to American jobs, culture, and security. My personal view (not that it is that important) is that it is impacting our security as a nation more than it is not. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, there’s no denying that the influx of migrants into the United States is having a major impact on the communities and will continue to as they are migrating to or being dropped off in, and beginning to reside in. Here’s a look at some of the ways that this is playing out.
Changing the Demographics
The first way that migration affects the community is by changing the demographics of the community. When new people come into a community, they bring with them their own culture, customs, and religions. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the person’s point of view or neighborhood they move into. Some people view it as an opportunity to learn about other cultures and to get to know new people. Other people view it as a threat to their way of life, based on where they previously decided to live to protect and raise their family.
The second way that migration also affects Americans is by changing the economic landscape of the community. When new people come into a community, they usually take jobs that are lower paying and require less skills. This can drive down wages and make it harder for people who are already struggling to make ends meet. It can also lead to an increase in crime as people turn to criminal activity to make money.
Changing Social Dynamics
The third way that migration affects community interaction is by changing the social dynamics of the community. When new people come into a community, they usually form close-knit groups with other members of their same culture, custom, or religion. This can lead to tension and division among different groups in the community. It can also lead to violence if tensions boil over.
Faster Than Normal Population Growth
One of the most immediate impacts that migration is having on American communities is rapid population growth. This is particularly true in small towns and rural areas that are located near the country’s southern border. For example, in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the number of school-age children has increased by nearly 20% since 2014, straining local resources and services. hospital emergency rooms have been overwhelmed by patients, many of whom are undocumented migrants who cannot pay for care. And crime rates have spiked as criminal gangs take advantage of the region’s porous borders to smuggle drugs and people into the United States.
Job Losses for American Workers
Another way that migration is impacting American communities is through job losses for American workers. This is particularly true in low-skilled industries like agriculture, construction, and hospitality. While undocumented migrants are willing to work for lower wages than Americans, this often comes at the expense of American workers who are now being replaced by cheaper labor. This not only hurts local economies but also puts downward pressure on wages across the board.
The Spread of Disease
Another potential issue that communities need to be aware of is the spread of disease. This is something that public health officials have been keeping a close eye on as recent outbreaks of measles and mumps have been linked to unvaccinated migrant children. There’s also a fear that diseases like Ebola could potentially be brought into the country by migrants from countries where outbreaks are occurring. While there’s no need to panic, it’s important to be aware of these risks and take steps to protect yourself and your community accordingly.
It’s clear that migration is having a major impact on American communities, both good and bad. While some see it as an essential part of what makes this country great, others view it as a serious threat to American jobs, culture, and security. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, there’s no denying that the influx of migrants into the United States is having a major impact on the communities that they are beginning to reside in. What remains to be seen is how these communities will adjust in the years to come.
Couple the illegal migration issues with the highly escalated random criminal activity in urban and suburban environments, it is more important than ever to be vigilant. Keep in mind the Cooper codes, have high situational awareness, and keep your OPSEC top of mind. And most importantly, stay safe out there.