I definitely agree that those who live within the Appalachian territory (amongst other rural American regions) do suffer greatly with economic hardship. I also understand the issue and disapprove of illegal migrant employment.
As for the highlighted part of your statement I have doubts to this as far as this being a “generally” occurring issue in the Appalachians. I understand this is one of many other examples used in your statement, but this claim seems to be a misconception and holds little credibility for the most part.
Just to break this down a little…
3 out of the top 10 states with the highest illegal population are states that parts of the Appalachian population call home (New York, North Carolina, and Georgia). The rest of the entire forty states, including the rest of the Appalachians, have a combined population that’s just over 3 million illegals.
Let’s take North Carolina to break this down further, which has the 8th largest illegal population nationwide and 2nd largest within the Appalachians with approx. 380,000 illegals (in the entire state not just within the Appalachians).
Even though 380,000 represents the entire state let’s just pretend that’s all within the state’s Appalachian population. Well, North Carolina’s Appalachian population totals to approx. 1.3 million when subtracting out the (380k) illegal population, so roughly 3 and a half times that of the illegal population.
Hispanics make up the majority of illegal immigrants in North Carolina, but they also are second to Natives with the highest poverty rates (33.9%). I imagine that is even higher amongst the illegal hispanic population. Well, seeing as illegals are nearly double the national percent average of the legal population in poverty. If that is the case then we can imagine the majority of Appalachian’s illegals are living in poverty.
So, if all 380,000 illegals lived in the N.C. Appalachians they would make up the entire population that’d be in poverty (approx. 317,000).
Well obviously, they are far less than 380,000 and not all of North Carolina’s Appalachian population in poverty is illegal. Illegals wouldn’t be taking much from legal Appalachian’s especially considering the the total population of illegals is far less than 380,000.
If there are 317,000 in poverty there in the state’s Appalachian region and approx. 380,000 total illegals in all of North Carolina making up the population group with the highest poverty rates in the state then obviously illegals have very little to nearly nothing to do with the legal population’s poverty problems.
With N.C. being the second largest illegal population within Appalachian territory and no real significant threat from illegals then I highly doubt that’s “generally” an actual major issue with Appalachian poverty. In other states, absolutely it’s an issue.