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Consular Corner: March 2008
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At The Intersection Of The Minimum Wage And Illegal Immigration
Howard Baetjer for the Foundation for Economic Education writes "This question from a former student named Blake addresses the interaction of two hot political issues: "I remember in class that raising minimum wage is a bad thing to do. My question to you is, since illegal immigrants don't get paid minimum wage most of the time, does that aid in bringing down wages and creating a positive outcome for the economy?"
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DHS Promulgates H-1B Interim Final Rule
DHS published notice in the Federal Register of an interim rule with request for comments, effective March 24, 2008, amending its
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In response to Roger Algase's "Honza Prchal's letter (03/21/08 ID) which states that "one can prefer European immigration without being racist per se". How?", that's simple. A randomly-selected Greek or Norwegian citizen who is of, say, Kurdish or Ngbo origin, will generally be far more acclimated to a Western way of life and is more likely to have good technical skills and a working knowledge of English than, say, a randomly selected ethnically German Paraguayan or Finnic. Many of us do not spend our lives 'privileging' race discourse to the point of myopia. One can also prefer European immigrants for reasons of Christian chauvinism, a preference for a culture of anti-racist humanism or social democratic solidarity without being a racist at all, though I'm sure Mr. Algase would be aghast at that first reason, if not the latter two, though surely a thorough-going application of the latter two filters of prospective immigrants would gravely harm his apparently preferred ethnic mix. Me, I'd just like to maximize immigrants who are young, entrepreneurially aspirational motivated English speakers with a commitment to the values of a constitutional Republic, especially property rights, and are likely to assimilate to American culture, which tends to help success here and make large-scale immigration relatively un-controversial.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
Contrary to Mr. Miller's letter, the vast majority of CIR proponents do not favor open borders. In fact, comprehensive means thorough. CIR means more enforcement. It also means realistically dealing with the 20,000,000 hard working "illegal
residents who are an integral part of our economy and society, and who want to stay and become legal. Comprehensive implies measured, realistic, complete, workable, and fair. Miller's letter closes with a dangerous though common "anti" argument, that "we anti illegal-immigrationists" propose a "mass deportation" that has never been considered an option." Anti's secretly support the "deportation through attrition" method made infamous by one of the lead anti-immigration propagandists Mark Krikorian. This cruel approach goes against the Judeo-Christian values upon which our country was built. Jim Roberts letter (3/21/08) cites the cost misconception that the anti's liberally use. Yes, the undocumented have costs associated with their presence. However, they also generate both directly, and indirectly, much more revenue then they use, so in reality, they are a net plus to our economy. Frankly, the only economists that argue against that point seem to be the economists employed by the Tanton network, or the Heritage Foundation, who are blatantly anti CIR. In response to the "Anon" letter (3/21/08), ID rightfully points out the injustice inherent in the status quo of our present immigration system, such as it is. ID should be praised for giving a voice to that dissent, and a platform enabling that voice to be heard. Nolan Rappaport's letter argues quite eloquently (3/21/08), citing Henry David Thoreau. It would be presumptuous of me to try to top that, so I'll close by saying thank you to ID, for furthering the debate on this important topic.
Responding to Ken Robert's letter (03/24/08 ID), another ignorant letter attacking illegal immigrants. One can't use people for their labor and than expect not
to provide social services for them and their families when they live in the U.S.
That is the only humane thing to do.
Contrary to Mr. Robert's letter's assertions, "illegals" aren't arrogant, rude and clannish
but merely hard-working people who mind their own business. Many would like to
become citizens and their contributions to this country have already been well
documented. This is aside from the labor they do and the jobs they take that Mr. Roberts
and his kind won't stomach.
If students in this country are not getting a good education it's their fault for not trying,
because it is available. Maybe if your average American student stopped watching
so much TV and crap on the internet, detached the ipod from their ear and actually
picked up a book they
might learn something. Certainly don't blame the immigrants for dumbing down your
There are criminals in any large group of people; to say that there are more criminals
among the illegal immigrants is just another example of people's inaccurate opinions
masquerading as facts.
"Illegals" are not here to put bread on their table, they are here to take abuse from true Americans like you. Their life in the U.S. living in cramped apartments, doing
backbreaking labor for low wages or just tips and getting treated like subhumans from guys like you is just
so wonderful, why wouldn't they want to be here. It's got nothing to do with making a living.
Right. Get some compassion, and get one's facts straight before one goes on another biased, race-baiting rant.
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