Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wall Street Journal on Immigration

A Wall Street Journal, which traditionally has favored more open immigration laws (to keep the new workers flowing into the country), has an op/ed today (here) emphasizing that most new immigrants to the United States will pay at least as much in tax as they collect.

As I say often, the politics of immigration are complex.  Business can be pro-immigrant.  labor unions at times have been anti-immigrant.  Immigration is not easy to classify in Liberal/Conservative, Dem/Rep, Red/Blue State terms.  That is why we are likely to see some out of the ordinary alliances as Congess debates immigration reform over what looks like it will be a long (and perhaps hot) summer.


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I've noticed that immigration expansionists almost always use the negative sounding term 'anti-immigrant' rather than 'anti-immigration' to describe those with an opposite view. Just like they use the euphemism 'undocumented worker' rather than 'illegal alien'.

What do they call illegal aliens who don't work? Not all illegal aliens work but I still see 'undocumented worker' used as if they all do.

Posted by: Jack | May 25, 2007 4:03:09 AM

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