The incomes of American households at the low end of the distribution aren’t especially high, and haven’t increased much, when compared to those of their counterparts in other rich nations. But perhaps this is an unfair comparison. After all, hasn’t the United States absorbed a much larger flow of immigrants than any other affluent country?
Actually, as the following chart shows, we’re not exceptional in this regard.
Does the U.S. have more of the type of immigrants most likely to struggle in the labor market — those with limited education? Again no. As this next chart indicates, here too we’re in the middle of the pack.
I am sure our country’s unemployed citizens who are high school dropouts — the weakest members of our society who are least equipped to cope with change and displacement — are glad that immigrants have nothing to do with their dismal situation. After all, competitors who will work for less could not possibly be expected to affect their wages, work conditions or the availability of jobs, could they.
It was especially useful to use statistics from 2000 to help prove your points. The characteristics of the 13 million plus additional immigrants who arrived in the US since January 2000 would have had no bearing on your conclusions so it is only proper that you did not include them.
One day the rest of the world will realize the mistake they are making by not shipping the jobs they have overseas while accepting massive amounts of new immigrants, both legal and illegal.
Heaven forbid that the rich in the immigrants’ own countries should have to pay a reasonable amount of their income in taxes so their own nations could improve and thrive.
It does not matter what price future generations will pay as long as we have cheap labor today. We owe it to our corporations and to the prior immigrants who feel sure their any and all of their relatives have a right live here to open our borders to anyone, no matter what the consequence may be to our own workers.
American workers for most of our country’s history were at a disadvantage and just because there was a period in the 20th century during which most workers lived a decent life without excessive money worries and borrowing does not mean that period could last forever.
After all, the good times never last and the struggle between labor and capital is neverending.
Please, I beg you to continue to prove that we still live in the best of all possible worlds.