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Sunday, August 11, 2019
Parola Perspective In Brief: Immigrant Labor.
By PWP contributor Brooks Parola.
We talk all of the time about how U.S. demand for illegal drugs is what fuels the smuggling of those drugs into the country from Mexico and elsewhere. So, by the same logic, is it not also true, that if there wasn't a demand for cheap immigrant labor, there'd be far less illegal immigration?
Now certainly, there are plenty of folks coming in and seeking a better life, fleeing poverty and violence in their countries; and those folks will always seek asylum, just like they do from anywhere else from around the world.
But isn't the better life they dream of achieving here in the U.S. based on work they KNOW they can get here, which despite it's slave wages, and lack of benefits, is still better than anything else they can find in their home countries?
Isn't it also true, that while it is illegal for them to be here, that it's just as illegal for employers to hire them?
The bottom line folks, is that employers hire them, and WILL NOT HIRE YOU, because those employers want CHEAP IMMIGRANT LABOR...there is a DEMAND for their labor.
And while Trump and his supporters want to piss and moan about those workers breaking the law, (and "holding them accountable") they have ZERO interest, (just as with the "War on Drugs") in doing anything about the demand side of the problem. NONE of these employers who hired these workers, are being held accountable for doing so. Now maybe this will at least force these employers to raise wages to attract American workers, but...I'm not holding my breath.