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  •  We Use In-Sourcing of Foreign Nationals (6+ / 0-)

    For jobs like cleaning offices.  This is the point of "comprehensive immigration reform."

    Adam and Eve had Iraqi birth certificates.

    by bink on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 06:45:00 AM PST

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    •  That's been true in the recent past (2+ / 0-)
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      but with sustained double-digit real unemployment, will it be neccessary?

      More and more US Nationals are willing to take that grave-yard job cleaning the local hospital for minimum wage...

      H.G. Wells was right. Gather your flowers or sharpen your fangs, as you will.

      by JesseCW on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 06:47:21 AM PST

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      •  Not Sure (1+ / 0-)
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        Immigration reform is a bit of a paradox.

        On the one hand, undocumented status as a worker gives some aliens an advantage over citizens or legal residents.  Namely, an undocumented worker can work for less than the minimum wage and/or without benefits like Social Security or insurance.  That makes him or her a better bargain for employers.

        So, naturally it seems like the remedy to this would be to give some sort of official status to the millions of foreign undocumented workers in the country.  This would act as a shield to exploitation and protect other workers in the pool from downward pressure on wages.

        At the same time, when you remove the pain from the equation, you provide incentives for even more workers to enter from outside the system, further depressing wages.

        Who knows.

        But you are right -- it would be hard to get a U.S. worker to work for $2.50 an hour when the legal minimum is $7.

        Adam and Eve had Iraqi birth certificates.

        by bink on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 07:36:17 AM PST

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