Monday, May 16, 2011

Illegal Immigrants Do Work Americans Won’t Do


Proponents of “comprehensive immigration reform,” a combination of stronger border control measures and a path to citizenship for those already here who may have entered illegally, argue that those already here and even more immigrants will be needed in the future to do the jobs lawful resident Americans won’t do.

Jobs Americans won’t do with unemployment at 9%, combined unemployment and underemployment over 16%, and several percent of the population having dropped out of the labor force no longer looking for work taking the total close to 20%.  Huh?

What if every year hundreds of thousands in the resident population decide to stop doing the jobs they formerly did because they don’t want to do them anymore?   Should we say “fine,’” and call for more low-wage immigrants to do that work?  And, by the way, widen the income gap between the well-to-do and the poor?  Is there any limit to this behavior?

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