Friday, September 21, 2012
Immigration and Market Forces
We have read articles and seen film in class on how immigrants impact the labor market. In the meatpacking industry, for example, immigrants are recruited by the industry to work under tough conditions for low pay all in an effort to maximize profits and keep the price of your food low.
On the other hand there are a substantial number of Americans who want the US border guarded more tightly and the stream of undocumented workers shut off.
Can we have it both ways?
Libertarians would argue that the government should play no role in the supply of immigrant workers into this country. There is a demand for cheap labor and the workers, especially from Latin America, are willing to supply their labor.
Would we be better off not worrying about the immigration of undocumented people into the United States? Would we save money by cutting back on INS and other immigration services? Why don't we just allow the market forces to determine how many workers could enter the United States? If there is demand for these workers, why not let them in? When the demand tapers off, the flow of immigrants will also diminish.
Are you in favor of no immigration quotas and to let the forces of demand and supply determine how many immigrants will come in to this country?
(answer by September 30)