Accepted Wisdom on Immigration (A Reprise)
(Accepted Wisdom is a semi-regular feature of this site, highlighting contradictory viewpoints held by the elite.)
In light of the recent protests over the immigration bill, I thought it might be a good idea to reprise an installment of Accepted Wisdom regarding illegal immigration, first published here in November 2003.
It is Accepted Wisdom™ that:
We should not enact divisive laws that burden illegal immigrants. These immigrants are necessary to our economy, because they do jobs nobody else wants to do for the same wage.
And at the same time:
The federal government needs to impose strong sanctions against corporate executives who employ illegal immigrants, to send a strong message that it is illegal to hire undocumented workers.