President Joe Biden participated in a town hall event hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon this week, making two promises that some critics insisted were mutually exclusive.
As Breitbart’s Neil Munro argued in an article on Thursday, Biden will have difficulty reconciling his vows to both welcome more immigrants and raise wages for American workers.
“To make more money and to bargain”
At one point during Wednesday’s televised event, Biden told a restaurant owner that businesses will have to raise wages in response to the current labor shortage.
“All kidding aside, I think it really is a matter of people deciding now that they have opportunities to do other things and there’s a shortage of employees,” the president said.
He went on to argue that Americans are “looking to make more money and to bargain,” forecasting that the hospitality and tourism industries are “really going to be in a bind for a little while” as a result.
Biden also used the forum to reiterate his longstanding support for offering some sort of amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Center for Immigration Studies Director Mark Krikorian explained why allowing more immigrants into the job market would serve to cancel out whatever wage increases American workers receive.
“Either obtuse or deliberately deceptive”
“The way you raise wages for people at the bottom rungs of the job market is by letting fewer [migrants] in to compete with them,” he said.
According to Breitbart, Krikorian went on to note that it becomes a problem when “competition from [legal and illegal] immigrant workers creates a loose labor market when there are more workers chasing fewer jobs.”
In response to the left’s tendency to ignore “the connection between immigration policy and wages,” Krikorian concluded that it “is either obtuse or deliberately deceptive.”
A 2008 study by the Center for Immigration Studies found that the impact of wage suppression resulting from illegal immigration disproportionately affected African-American and Latino men.
“I just find it hard to believe that they can’t make that connection,” Krikorian said of politicos who ignore the link. “I think it’s more likely they just literally just put it out of their minds so it never occurs to them. And if it ever whispers to them in the back of their minds, they just push it away.”