Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bloomberg's Immigration Conundrum

The infamous mayor of NYC, a staunch supporter of liberty, has taken to the bully pulpit to advocate for states rights to set immigration policies:
"There’s no reason why you have to have a common immigration policy for all of America,” he argued. “You could let each state do it differently."
Wow, it sure sounds like Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming out in defense of states like Arizona and Georgia that have passed sweeping anti-illegal immigration legislation that are now targets of federal lawsuits brought by Obama's Department of Justice.  Unfortunately, that's not the case.  Bloomberg is quite fine with states' rights on immigration so long as they want to take in more of the third world's poor:

"I would argue the federal government should go one step further. They should deliberately force some places that don’t want immigrants to take them, because that’s the only solution for these big, hollowed-out cities where industry has left and is never going to come back unless you get some people to move there."
Not only does Bloomberg's arguments not make any logical sense, his explanation for forcing cities to take on more immigrants, legal or illegal, is even more nonsensical.  It appears Bloomberg thinks the only reason "big, hollowed-out cities" like Detroit got that way because they didn't bring in enough immigrants.  In his mind it apparently doesn't have anything to do with the lack of jobs in those cities as the manufacturing industries they relied on migrate overseas.

Let's give him the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe Bloomberg thinks that those jobs wouldn't have gone overseas if those cities had an ample supply of cheap immigrant labor to exploit domestically.  If that's the case, I am relatively certain that's the same cheaponomics argument slave masters made before the Civil War and the exploiters of child labor made in 1930's.  

Unfortunately for Mr. Bloomberg and other cheaponomics advocates, as history has proven time and time again, the removal of cheap, exploited labor does not result in the destruction of industry, but instead brings about innovation, increases in productivity, and economic growth.

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