(Accepted Wisdom™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, highlighting contradictory viewpoints held by the elite.)
It is Accepted Wisdom™ that:
Illegal immigrants are necessary to our economy, because they do jobs that American citizens won’t do, at wages Americans wouldn’t accept.
And at the same time:
Illegal immigrants should be made American citizens, and their wages should be drastically increased.
P.S. Xrlq said substantially the same thing yesterday in a comment to this post, but I was already going to write this post anyway. Today’s post is dedicated to Actus, who said that business likes illegal immigration because it’s “[n]ice to have this sort of workforce out there,” and also that illegals should be paid “much more” than minimum wage.
P.P.S. So what would my solution be? I’ve discussed that before, here.
P.P.P.S. I just noticed that this is very similar to the very first “Accepted Wisdom” I ever ran. Oh well.