Support for both unfettered immigration and the minimum wage: The shocking connection

Support for both unfettered immigration and the minimum wage: The shocking connection

Image from wikimedia.orgWouldn’t it seem contradictory that a group of people who support the minimum wage, an effort considered by most to favor less skilled workers, also support an immigration policy that allows for others to be hired, trained, and employed far below the legal limit of pay?  If such a group of people were truly concerned that low skilled workers were not making a living wage, why would they, at the same time, welcome and enable those who will willfully fill these jobs at a much lower rate?

Although these questions seem impossible to answer, when one looks at the real intent of this politically motivated effort, the answer is quite clear.

Although the masses of people who support the minimum wage are either too lazy to do much more than parrot talking points or too unintelligent to think otherwise, most political leadership that supports the minimum wage knows exactly what they are doing.  To these people, the minimum wage is not about helping low skill workers get ahead; their goal is to move as many people as possible from self sufficiency to dependence.

Here is how the minimum wage and cheap migrant labor works for those who favor both:

It is important for those who seek a dependent society, in other words a welfare state, to completely ignore or deny the effects of a politically imposed minimum wage.[1]

The effect is, obviously, an increase in the cost of human capital, in other words the cost to hire workers.  As with any increase in cost for a business, whether it is the cost to employ people or the cost to buy steel or wood, the demand for it decreases.  This is why when a minimum wage supporter is asked, “If the minimum wage works, why not make it $1,000 an hour?”  The response is anything but the answer to the question. Read more