Today, the issue of illegal immigration has become a hot debate topic passionately analyzed by many people, especially our political leaders. Organizations both for and against it have commanded the attention of policy makers from both sides of the aisle.
In this debate it is particularly amusing to see liberals arguing in favor of illegal immigration. In doing so, they are often arguing against themselves.
Today many people complain about U.S. jobs being shipped overseas to places like China. Many believe signing the North American Free Trade Agreement was a mistake because it assisted in sending manufacturing jobs here over to Mexico. They correctly realize that in a market economy, businesses will tend to choose the lower priced labor if they are given the choice.
However, illegal immigrants come into our country and take jobs that pay less than the minimum wage. Many claim the country’s economy needs these low-paid workers, but this is a false assumption. Illegal immigration advocates will point out that the U.S. depends on illegal immigrants to do certain jobs, such as picking lettuce. But do they honestly think that if there were no illegal immigrants in the country there would not be any lettuce in stores? Of course not. Lettuce would be more expensive because of the increased labor costs of legal labor, but it wouldn’t disappear. It boils down to a supply and demand issue.
For a group of people who profess to be outraged that jobs are moved overseas because of lower wages, they shouldn’t be supporting the illegal allowance of people into our borders when it takes away jobs from Americans in their own country and immigrants who entered legally.
Another closely related issue supported by illegal immigration advocates is an increase of the minimum wage. Many on the left adore the idea of government-mandated wage rates to support their subjective view of a “just living standard.” By contending that our country needs cheap migrant workers, they are in essence arguing some jobs are not worth the minimum wage.
These advocates consistently argue illegal immigrants bring untold benefits to the American economy. But how can they, in good conscious, argue it is good and acceptable to allow illegal immigrants into the country to work at the same wages that they have declared a disgrace? They simultaneously have condemned international trade in which citizens of third world countries toil in poverty for wages they consider cruel and immoral.
It is especially ironic for liberals to fight for government-funded entitlements for illegal aliens, when they have essentially admitted that illegal immigrants provide much needed cheap labor for the American economy. Not only is it incongruous for the government to be giving money to people who have no legal right to be in the country, but doing so decreases the benefits of the cheap labor these workers are supposed to bring.
The irrationality of these positions makes it clear that principled arguments do not stand behind them. It is important to note that the Hispanic vote will become increasingly important in the coming years. Rather than acting on principle, liberals are acting on a desire to court and win their votes.
Conservatives are unable to escape from this problem as well. Given the fact an uncontrolled border is dangerous to this country, it is essential for the problem to be effectively addressed. In many cases, people who exploit illegal immigrants know far too well that they can not turn to government officials. It makes sense to develop a guest worker program that would keep track of and monitor employment opportunities. However, neither party will take any action because both are simply too afraid of losing Hispanic votes.