Who are the big gainers from a system that limits immigration on paper but allows it in practice? Why, employers, of course. They get a labor force that’s cheap not merely because the workers are poor but because they are legally helpless.
Sunday’s New York Times reports on a farmer who says out loud what his fellow-employers are thinking:
Some [employers] expressed concern about the provision that would have granted citizenship to immigrants who had been in the United States for at least five years, saying it might have encouraged them to quit or be less productive.
“The illegals are probably better workers than the legal ones,” said Mike Gonya, who farms 2,800 acres of wheat and vegetables near Fremont, Ohio. “The legal ones know the system. They know legal recourse. The illegal ones will bust their butts.”
Any who thinks that the Party of Ownership is going to break up this sweet deal for the owning class had better think again.