Trying to implement immigration reform from the bottom up is strikingly ineffective. Federal policy forced farmers to make additional efforts to advertise jobs and raised minimum wages with little effect on the numbers of non-immigrant labor willing to do the work. The US is a nation of immigrants and needs immigration to grow–no matter how much some people want to deny it..
Category Archives: Immigration
Growth industry? Private prisons…
Great article today from Nina Bernstein on detention centers for immigrants and privatized facilities that enrich multinational corporate interests, but don’t actually save the taxpayers any money as well as being fraught with abuse and mismanagement..
There’s so little thoughtful discussion of immigration that reading Jose Antonio Vargas’s account of almost twenty years of hiding in plain sight in the Times is a bit shocking. Immigrants are a source of extraordinary dynamism and growth for a country and on simple, cynical, economic terms, the US and Europe need immigration fairly urgently. Vargas vividly illustrates the undercurrent of anxiety he felt for years and years even while he made lemons into lemonade (and won a Pulitzer)..