President Obama recently issued an edict exempting an estimated 800,000 to 1 million illegal aliens from the consequences of federal immigration law. Ostensibly that blanket amnesty applies to those who arrived before the age of 16 and are younger than 30; who are in, or graduated from, high school or have served in the military; and who have not been convicted of a felony or multiple misdemeanors. And while most Americans sympathize with helping those who were brought into the United States as toddlers, raised as de facto Americans and followed the rules, the policy of exempting hundreds of thousands en...
Let's say we have an open door or amnesty policy for immigration. What group will come in the U.S. in the largest numbers? The obvious answer is Mexicans -- we share a large border with Mexico and Mexico has a much larger population than Canada. Further, the U.S. offers significantly more social/welfare benefits than does Mexico (and that is not really true with Canada). Allowing large numbers of poor people to immigrate will likely keep wages down -- and may make certain industries more competitive. However, if our country keeps having larger numbers of poor people (especially those who may not be able to speak English) -- it is likely that most of these people will be members of an almost permanent poor class.
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