Why do progressives care about the costs to businesses caused by immigration enforcement?
With news of raids on businesses employing illegal aliens as a back drop, fresh hand wringing over the plight of immigration criminals (undocumented workers is the popular euphemism) and their contribution to the economy is filling the editorial page once again. Obviously this is just another example of how business interests have the progressive movement in their back pocket.
For the life of me, I can’t see how the liberal elite can put the interests of business ahead of working families that play by the rules. After all, how can a family of four expect to get a minimum wage job and live below the poverty level when there are twelve million illegal aliens willing to work below the minimum wage, live in abject squalor, and send their paycheck home to relatives that can’t make the trip?
There is little doubt that working families are doing their share by paying into Medicare with every dollar they earn while the immigration criminals drain the program of resources. This is evidently no concern to the employers that use illegal labor to avoid paying higher wages and thus a higher Medicare tax. They are defended by the progressives that use the canard that these businesses would have to charge more if they hired citizens to do the thankless low skilled jobs they offer. Ha! Everyone knows that they could suck it up if they wanted to. They just choose not to, just like paying a higher minimum wage.
It is an insidious joke the progressives are playing on hard working families. First, they promise these workers a utopian world of a living wage for unskilled labor, universal health care at no cost, and a government program to address each and every inequity that could possibly afflict mankind. Then, the truth comes out. The progressives are a shill for business interests that can’t afford to provide the unfeasible costs associated with the American worker. Instead, the progressives back the employment of immigration criminals that do not demand the concessions the progressives promised to the American workers.