Monday, July 22, 2013

The Severe Labor Shortage Is The Reason For Immigration Reform

Mickey Kaus reports on a recent event in which he participated:
New Ricochet Podcast on Immigration: It’s 2 against 1, with me and Mark Krikorian discussing the current state of play with Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute. (Bolick and Jeb Bush coauthored Immigration Wars, which proposed a non-citizenship legalization for current illegal immigrants–an idea that seemed out of synch when the book was published but whose time seems to have come again).  The podcase is only 45 minutes. It’s civil. Weeds are gotten into, downs are drilled. Bolick holds up his end (he’s slick!). But his argument rests mainly on the notion that nothing could be worse than not passing a bill, because of the horrible labor shortage crisis currently afflicting the economy. Does that resonate with you? Do Americans get up in the morning and say to themselves, “Damn, this labor shortage!” Or does it seem like we have more workers than jobs? …
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Yeah, that's it!  There are severe, economy damaging shortages of workers.  That's why we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform!

There have been times in the past when that was possibly the case.  Not right now.

1 comment:

  1. The "labor shortage" argument gets made a lot. What it really amounts to is "there aren't enough people willing to work for next to nothing". This is the primary driver for H1B visas, too.