Sunday, July 6, 2008

Employers Fight Tough Measures on Immigration

Julia Preston of the N.Y.Times writes of the increasing willingness of employers to fight increased immigration restrictions and enforcement.  Employers often have sought greater access to labor but have, at times, been reluctant to actively lobby for more liberal immigration laws.  However, new state and local employer sanction laws, as well as the increase in workplace raids, have provoked employers to respond.  Business interest in immigration complicates matters for the Repuiblican Party -- especially in an election year.

KJ

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whoa! Two of the main supports for far-right politicians (xenophobes and plutocrats) pushing in different directions. I've been wondering when this would come down. Picking out a few hypocrites for hiring illegal immigrants as yard workers or nannies is entertaining (and an indication of a lack of character), but in respect to making a substantive difference it's trivial. The real market for illegal immigrant labor is to be found among the businesses that profit by paying them less than they would have to pay workers who are U.S. citizens.

Posted by: Wayne Dickson | Jul 7, 2008 2:14:23 PM

Whoa! Two of the main supports for far-right politicians (xenophobes and plutocrats) pushing in different directions. I've been wondering when this would come down. Picking out a few hypocrites for hiring illegal immigrants as yard workers or nannies is entertaining (and an indication of a lack of character), but in respect to making a substantive difference it's trivial. The real market for illegal immigrant labor is to be found among the businesses that profit by paying them less than they would have to pay workers who are U.S. citizens.

Posted by: Wayne Dickson | Jul 7, 2008 2:16:24 PM

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