Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Amnesty for illegals 

Mark Krikorian states some of the reasons why I'm against illegal immigration and Bush's amnesty plan:

If the supply of foreign workers were to dry up (say, through actually enforcing the immigration law, for starters), employers would respond to this new, tighter, labor market in two ways. One, they would offer higher wages, increased benefits, and improved working conditions, so as to recruit and retain people from the remaining pool of workers. At the same time, the same employers would look for ways to eliminate some of the jobs they now are having trouble filling. The result would be a new equilibrium, with blue-collar workers making somewhat better money, but each one of those workers being more productive.


By holding down natural wage growth in labor-intensive industries, immigration serves as a subsidy for low-wage, low-productivity ways of doing business, retarding technological progress and productivity growth."
Here's two more good reasons to oppose illegal immigration: one, it stigmatizes the millions of legal immigrants (like me) who followed the law to get to this country (my parents waited eleven years until they were approved by the INS). Two, neither the illegals or their employers pay any income or payroll taxes for their employment, which means that it all ends up being one giant government farm subsidy for the southwest.
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