Let’s go ahead and call the immigration debate what it is, even though nobody seems to want to say what it is. It’s Mexican illegal immigration. Nobody is worried about some British nanny that didn’t fill out her I-9. It’s the Mexicans.
So, are they good or bad? One side says they’re stealing our jobs. I don’t buy that. Unemployment is less than 6%. If anything we’re exploiting them for unskilled labor at damn near slave wages. Outsourcing to Asia is far more of a threat to employment than illegal Mexican labor. They also say they’re stealing our tax dollars. I do buy that, because they don’t pay taxes, yet they still use services funded by tax dollars. The other side says… well, the other side doesn’t seem to have much of an argument defending Mexicans illegally crossing our border other than “Well, it’s not that bad, and we can’t very well deny them health care and watch people die.”
So, the question is this: Is cheap labor from undocumented Mexicans good or bad for the economy?
Me? I don’t know. Which is why I’m opening this thread.