Immigration and wages: current immigration policy is costing Americans both dollars spent on social services and lowered wage rates. A wiser policy, on the contrary, would benefit workers.In 2004, economist Todd G. Buchholz--author of the book New Ideas "New Ideas" is the debut single by Scottish New Wave/Indie Rock act The Dykeenies. It was first released as a Double A-side with "Will It Happen Tonight?" on July 17, 2006. The band also recorded a video for the track. from Dead Economists--published a new book, this time about the loss of jobs in America. In Bringing the Jobs Home, Buchholz pointed out that immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. can either be a blessing or a curse to a nation and that it is up to policymakers to structure immigration laws immigration laws npl → leyes fpl de inmigración
immigration laws npl → lois fpl sur l'immigration
immigration laws npl in such a way as to help rather than hurt the nation. Sad to say, Buchholz observes that current U.S. policy hurts the nation.
At present, U.S. immigration policy An immigration policy is any policy of a state that affects the transit of persons across its borders, but especially those that intend to work and to remain in the country. turns away many skilled workers who ardently ar·dent
1. Expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate: an ardent lover.
2. desire to enter America legally to begin new lives. Meanwhile, though official policy prohibits the immigration of undocumented workers, millions, often with low levels of education and few skills, have entered the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. illegally and have been allowed to stay. Not only have the American people An American people may be:
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Buchholz, absent the H1-B visa program, which is a special case liable to abuse, a sane sane (san) sound in mind.
Of sound mind; mentally healthy.
sane immigration policy would attract skilled, highly educated immigrants and limit or prevent the mass immigration of unskilled laborers. Instead, in his opinion, current policy makes two mistakes. "First," he writes, "we do too little to entice skilled people to come to the United States. Second, we actually chase away smart people who could add to our national culture, national spirit, and, yes, national wealth."
The cost of these mistakes to the nation is substantial. Not only do we give up the benefits associated with the arrival of highly skilled and educated people, we currently absorb the hefty costs that come with the arrival of the unskilled. According Buchholz, "a college educated immigrant who shows up on our shores delivers a +$198,000 impact on our fiscal picture" because he or she pays taxes but does not consume entitlement dollars disbursed by the state "for their birth, early health care or schooling."
Moreover, they create jobs. According to Buchholz, "educated immigrants are more entrepreneurial and far more likely to create new jobs than cost old ones." To support his argument he points to Hungarian immigrant Grf Andrs, the scientist who, better known as Andy Grove, helped build Intel into a world leader in the semiconductor industry. "If not for Andy Grove," Buchholz notes, "there might not be an INTEL INSIDE sticker on your computer, and America's dominance of advanced semiconductors might have flickered and displayed a FATAL ERROR A condition that halts processing due to faulty hardware, program bugs, read errors or other anomalies. If you get a fatal error, you generally cannot recover from it, because the operating system has encountered a condition it cannot resolve. message."
On the other side of the coin, mass immigration of unskilled labor brings high costs to society while also depressing wages. An immigrant "with less than a high school education costs other taxpayers about $13,000," Buchholz points out. Meanwhile, they drive down wages for existing citizens "by about 1 percentage point to 3 percentage points."
A recent study from the official Canadian agency, Statistics Canada, has provided evidence supporting Buchholz' contentions. According to Canada's National Post, the study "found that a significantly higher proportion of immigrants to Canada than the U.S. are highly educated." As a result, wages for high-skilled labor in Canada have declined slightly because of the greater supply of high-skilled workers, but the immigration of such workers to Canada has not hurt the middle-class worker at all. In fact, "Low-skilled workers in Canada have also gained relative to high-skilled workers," the report found, reducing income inequality north of the border. The situation is different in the United States where mass illegal immigration "Illegal alien" and "Illegal aliens" redirect here. For other uses, see Illegal aliens (disambiguation).
Illegal immigration refers to immigration across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country. has brought in a flood of low-skilled labor. According to the National Post report, in the United States, "immigrant labour is concentrated among low-skilled workers depressing their wages."
The Greenspan Plan
Does this mean that the United States should begin to allow the unlimited immigration of the skilled and highly educated? There are those, including former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan Alan Greenspan
Dr. Greenspan is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Greenspan also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Fed's principal monetary policymaking body. , who think so. Speaking in Washington on March 13, Greenspan indicated that, in his opinion, a high rate of pay for professionals is unjust UNJUST. That which is done against the perfect rights of another; that which is against the established law; that which is opposed to a law which is the test of right and wrong. 1 Toull. tit. prel. n. 5; Aust. Jur. 276, n.; Hein. Lec. El. Sec. 1080. . "You cannot have a system that we have unless the people who participate in it believe it is just," the former Fed boss said. His answer is mass immigration of skilled labor. "Our skilled wages are higher than anywhere in the world," he said according to the Bloomberg News and the Boston Globe. "If we open up a significant window for skilled workers, that would suppress the skilled-wage level and end the concentration of income."
Ending "the concentration of income" sounds positively Marxist and is certainly not in keeping with the free-market philosophy Greenspan often claims to up hold. Nor should the U.S. government turn its policies toward eroding the wages and damaging the livelihoods of portions of the American population. There is certainly no constitutional mandate for that kind of social engineering.
When crafting immigration policy, it would be wise to remember that a free people living in an independent, sovereign nation have the right to determine with whom they wish to associate, and that that right extends to defining and regulating immigration policies that would prove beneficial to the nation as a whole. Such a wise immigration policy would not allow the unlimited immigration of skilled labor in order to depress de·press
1. To lower in spirits; deject.
2. To cause to drop or sink; lower.
3. To press down.
4. To lessen the activity or force of something. wages for professionals. Nor would such a policy reward millions of unskilled illegal immigrants illegal immigrant n. an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa. (See: alien) with access to the benefits of living in America while turning away highly educated immigrants who seek to enter the country through established legal channels in order to start businesses and build a better life. That's the kind of policy--as the country has found out the hard way--that reduces the standard of living for everyone. Instead, as Buchholz points out, a well-regulated immigration policy would admit those skilled immigrants "who demonstrate a knack for or interest in starting businesses." Doing that, he says, would "open up to them the promise of the American dream--without erasing that promise from the minds of those born in the U.S.A."
Alan Scholl is the director of mission and campaigns for the John Birch Society John Birch Society, ultraconservative, anti-Communist organization in the United States. It was founded in Dec., 1958, by manufacturer Robert Welch and named after John Birch, an American intelligence officer killed by Communists in China (Aug., 1945). .