Thursday, April 9, 2009

Obama takes on immigration

Opponents of legalization legislation were incredulous at the idea that Mr. Obama would take on immigration when economic pain for Americans is so widespread.

“It just doesn’t seem rational that any political leader would say, let’s give millions of foreign workers permanent access to U.S. jobs when we have millions of Americans looking for jobs,” said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration. Mr. Beck predicted that Mr. Obama would face “an explosion” if he proceeded this year.

“It’s going to be, ‘You’re letting them keep that job, when I could have that job,’ ” he said.

This is the problem with focusing on full employment exclusively.  We should also be focusing on how we are going to fill all those empty suburban houses.  And on whether or not you like tacos and cheap labor.

Read the rest here.

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