Re: Illegal Immigration: Why the Gov't Looks the Other Way
Sat, 21 Sep 1996 14:59:50 -0500

In article <51rhrd$>, (Arbin Sherchan) wrote:

> If Mexican can't come to the
> States to work, the factories will move to Mexico.

The Author responds:

You make it seem that one situation is mutually exclusive of the
other. They are not, and they are currently happening simultaneously.

> It's as simple as that.

The Author responds:

The relocation of factories to Mexico was facilitated greatly by
NAFTA, and since NAFTA went into effect a trade surplus with Mexico
flipped into a significant trade deficit, and several hundred thousand
U.S. jobs were lost to Mexico.

> If wage is such a important issue, curtailing immigration is not the answer
> not only because it doesn't make economic sense but also its also
> practically not feasible.

The Author responds:

Wages are a very important issue being brought up by economists
and politicans alike very frequently on TV. The answer is a
return to an at-will, unregulated employment market (repeal of
equal employment opportunity) and a return to protectionism and

> A better solution would be to increase the human
> capital of the US workers by investing in education and job training which
> will ultimately reflect in higher wages. To summarize, what I am saying is
> that if you want to kill a bird its more effective to shoot at it than shake
> the tree (apology to animal right readers).

The Author responds:

This is a great fallacy which keeps making the rounds. It is
unrealistic to think that everyone can upgrade his skills to
become a computer programmer. First of all you need a variety
of businesses and industries in order to generate economic trans-
actions which fuel the need for programmers, and secondly, not
everyone has the aptitude for being a programmer. This line of
reasoning applies to other forms of work as well. Work is
disappearing for U.S. ghetto dwellers. Are you going to advise
them to upgrade their skills to become robotic engineers and

If anyone would like a free email copy of the multipart
treatise on the downward wage equalizing effects of
equal employment opportunity, send a brief request to:

This treatise is chock-full of ideas for papers in
the areas of economics, political science, sociology,
psychology, management, law, etc.

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"Government enforced wage equalization will work only in the
downward direction" - despite any initial appearance to the
contrary! And the most shocking thing of all is that the
least preferred worker does not even have to be awarded a
job for many phenomena to occur.