NEW YORK—Wherever you stand on the Wetback Issue, you’re no longer allowed to say the following sentence: “Mexicans only take the dirty jobs that Americans won’t do.” I’ve been hearing this for thirty years. Enough. It’s not only untrue, it’s so easily disproven that you don’t need Keynesian economics or Milton Friedman economics or even the economics they taught in that glossy college freshman textbook that had the hokey supply-and-demand graphs in it. You can basically blow this out of the water with Pre-Kindergarten Economics. Principle Numero Uno: If there aren’t any Mexicans to pick the lettuce, that doesn’t mean the owner of
If all of the illegals left the country, would we need as much lettuce? I think not. Note to Joe Bob: in this area they tell illegals ag jobs are beneath them and pay them a stipend to go to a tech school.
Excellent piece. This is the "conversation" on illegal aliens that we have been needing to have.
Punchline: FTA:"Get rid of the illegal Mexicans and see how fast that wage goes up to $15 on its own, no government intervention needed.
But, of course, that would require caring about the single mom, the ex-con trying to straighten out his life, the lonely elderly guy who wants to go back to work, the diabetes patient who needs a wheelchair because of his swollen feet, and the guy who finally kicked drugs and needs to start over. That would require having a social conscience."
Yes, we´ll pay more for certain things, but that money will be going to Americans and the will spend it HERE, and they will be making the country better, one life at a time.
While the article is excellent and I mostly agree with it, some work does have price point sensitivity. If the work is not essential and the price for the work rises you might elect not to do the work at all. That can price a company out of the market.
Also with commodities that have competition like for example lettuce, if the price rises too much people may consider other choices and not buy the lettuce.
So the cost of labor can undermine some types of business.
That said, the best way to "deal" with this is to let the free market decide. The government trying to manage things through labor policies is a poor tool at best and when decisions are made through a political lens, as is usually true, or a bureaucratic lens, that only understands paper pushing, instead of a market lens, the results are horrible.
If a case can be made for LEGAL seasonal immigration, let it be made and carefully considered. Illegal immigrants should not be hired, period. Companies that hire illegals should be seriously penalized.
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Judy W., 10/13/2017 7:52:01 AM (No. 11415488)
Not all the jobs are cleaning out sewers. Lawn and landscaping jobs are often taken by illegal immigrants for the reasons given -- they work hard and don´t make trouble. But in the past, teenagers often did this work. They´re a lot more trouble, but for them it was an introduction to the world of work, expectations, responsibility, and a little self-sufficiency. It´s harder for kids to find jobs now, even aside from the ridiculous regulations and minimum wage, because of the availability of illegal labor, and the lack of work experience among young people is very harmful to them and society. There are hundreds of thousands, probably millions of unfilled jobs and many of these could be filled if kids had grown up with a work ethic.
A very true article. But in some cases, people want someone from another country because of their better culture. A swim club I was a member of in suburban DC was having so many issues with teens that were turning into safety issues, they were hiring Serbian swimmers for life guard positions. My dd loved it because they did not goof off and would keep discipline in the pool very well. We did employ college student Americans for swim team and dive team coaches and also for swimming lessons but the Serbians were great for keeping everyone safe. Also, National park concessionares often hire foreigners for waiting because the ones they hire (from Europe usually) speak a number of languages which is much rarer here in the US.
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