Immigration Headlines – Feb 9th, 2016

Less Illegal Immigration Benefited Arizona

“After Arizona passed a series of tough anti-immigration laws, Rob Knorr couldn’t find enough Mexican field hands to pick his jalapeño peppers. He sharply reduced his acreage and invested $2 million developing a machine to remove pepper stems. His goal was to cut the number of laborers he needed by 90% and to hire higher-paid U.S. machinists instead,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Economists Still Dispute Wage Impact of Illegal Immigration

“One of the reasons lower-income workers have taken such a hit over the past few decades is because of illegal immigration. But how much of a hit is a matter of great debate among economists. Harvard immigration specialist George Borjas finds that during the 1980s and 1990s, low-skilled immigration reduced the wages of U.S. born high-school dropouts by about 10%,” the Wall Street Journal wrote.

“His Harvard colleague and sometimes academic collaborator, Lawrence Katz, is more sanguine about the impact.”

Geert Wilders: It’s Time to Stop Muslim Immigration

“The Islamization of Europe will profoundly influence European politics. Winning the Islamic vote will become the goal of ever more European politicians. As a result, Europe’s policies will become even less friendly towards Israel and the United States than they already are. The Atlantic alliance is in danger,” says Dutch politician Geert Wilders at

U.S. Schools Stuck With Huge Costs from Immigration

“As U.S. presidential candidates fight over the best way to address the influx of Central Americans across the Southwest border — with debate about building walls and deporting immigrants — the nation’s public schools have opened their doors, taking responsibility for helping tens of thousands of children find their footing here,” the Washington Post says.

“Many of the new arrivals don’t speak much English and are behind academically. They often come with scars, having fled desperate poverty or violence or both. Many endured difficult journeys, sometimes leaving their families behind or rejoining parents in the United States after years of separation. And U.S. schools, already strapped for resources, are trying to provide special services, including ­English-language instruction and mental-health care.”


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  1. avatar Leland says:

    The story on the farmer who mechanized his picking is just another example exposing the myth that we need illegals or produce will cost you what a new car does. Because that’s always the claim, that lettuce will be $10 a head, $3 for a tomato, etc., when the fact is that none of that is true. The actual picking is a small portion of the final store price. And as shown here, a lot of the picking can be mechanized. In fact, every tomato for canning is already harvested by machine. And a lot of lettuces and greens can be raised in greenhouses, with larger harvests and less water and fertilizer and labor needed.

    As for whether immigration has lowered wages, it’s been a clear trend since immigration really started taking off in the 70s. Wage stagnation and increased immigration have gone hand in hand. Except of course for the very people pushing that mass immigration, the top income levels who have gotten a much bigger share of the pie by taking advantage of that wage suppression. That’s why the pro big business Wall Street Journal has long pushed open borders.

    The story about the huge costs imposed on school districts by illegals is something ignored by “advocates” who always want to claim some huge economic advantage from illegals. It’s a big extra burden to teach these children. We always hear some propaganda about the “taxes illegals pay”. And when and if they become citizens, they become eligible for all kinds of welfare programs that their low income status entitles them to. For instance, many will become eligible for the earned income tax credit, a direct check of up to 6200 dollars even if they pay zero in taxes.

  2. Automation Beats the Costs of IAs Hands Down

    Its a big change for farm worker planning.