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Sound and Fury of Immigration Debate

None1257 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 11:32 AM
How can the "market" stop people who are seeking to live a better life, from entering this country illegally? If I were an alien who believes I have a shot at living a better life here in the United States, than staying put, I would seriously think about coming to this country illegally, if necessary. As long as people cannot achieve their goal of living a better life where they are, we will ALWAYS have people who will want to enter this country illegally. Nothing government does, will stop them.
Illbay Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 12:01 PM
That's a straw-man. The desire to stop illegal immigration isn't about "supply-and-demand" any more than the desire to stop the flow of illegal drugs is.

In either case it's about the EFFECTS of the illegal traffic. Of course the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is going to support "comprehensive" immigration legislation. They just want the cheap labor, and they don't mind if all the rest of us pay the price for it.

I, for instance, never gripe about "jobs going overseas" because that's JUST business. Illegal immigration isn't about "just business" it is about an insupportable burden on legitimate citizens and their taxes.
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