February 14, 2015


Blame illegal immigration on Baby Boomers (Francis Wilkinson, February 12, 2015, Bloomberg) 

As boomers aged and became wealthier, they had a growing need for low-wage, low-skills labor to help around the house, with the kids, in the yard and in the fields, restaurants and low-wage factories.

Meanwhile, expectations of the good life incubated by a long postwar boom had raised the sights of even non-college- educated boomers, many of whom proved unwilling to accept the kind of low-skilled service work that increasingly became identified with immigrants.

"The convergence of strong economic, demographic and social drivers of migration along with a limited number of legal immigration channels immediately produced increasing unauthorized flows," Rosenblum testified.

At the end of the '60s, there were probably fewer than two million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Over the next four decades, that population grew six-fold to serve boomer professionals and business owners. In 1993, boomer President Bill Clinton's successive candidates for U.S. attorney general - - Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood -- each had to withdraw from consideration after disclosures that they had employed undocumented domestic workers.

As the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. grew, so did their integration into the economy. In California, more undocumented immigrants work today in manufacturing and in construction than in agriculture (even though almost a quarter million work in the state's agriculture sector). As any trip to an upscale urban playground confirms, the demand for cheap domestic workers did not fade as boomers became grandparents. It became a fixture of upper-middle-class culture.

And as we grow wealthier there are more and more jobs white people won't do.

Which generates the simple question for both those who oppose immigration, trade, off-shoring and deunionization : are you willing to have your views prevail in exchange for a lower standard of living for you and your children?

Posted by at February 14, 2015 6:46 AM

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