Just Open the Border

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Carrington WardNov 27

The secondary point on migrants is that the closed border is bad for American workers (and for workers in America). The threat of immigration enforcement enables lax enforcement of workplace health and safety laws -- because undocumented immigrants fear to complain, and encourages employers to use immigrations agents as a publicly funded force to prevent labor organization: Pinkertons paid on the public dime.

To the extent we want strict enforcement of immigration policy, that enforcement must start with the individuals guilty of hiring people to work for them illegally. Until such enforcement occurs (until the immigration raids target bosses and owners, not workers) it remains a sham that immigrations enforcement is for the public good.

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