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It’s a sign of the twisted nature of politics that the party of business vehemently opposes something that is a net good for business and consumerism, while the party of the working-class voices unequivocal support for workers who systematically lower wages.
There is a consensus among economists that illegal immigration is a boost to the economy, the “immigration surplus” as it’s called. Illegal immigrants work for less, giving companies the ability to expand, no longer constrained by such pesky costs as minimum wage and employee insurance.
However, the idea that illegal immigrants do jobs that other workers won’t do is hard to support. Census data show that most immigrants work jobs alongside native-born workers, such as construction and janitorial work. The more correct point is that illegal immigrants fill labor shortages: A job that can’t get done if there’s no one to do it. The argument that
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