Another View: Why some think there’s a right to cheap labor

The Declaration of Independence says nothing about a right to cheap labor, but not everyone has noticed. Companies routinely pay market rates for electricity, real estate and legal services. But many companies find great injustice in market economics when applied to wages they must pay to attract unskilled labor.

When companies can’t find people to work for the meager amounts they are offering, a “labor shortage” is declared. And politicians seeking their favor come up with solutions such as the low-skilled visa program tacked onto the immigration reform plan. The so-called “W visa” would admit more immigrants to work in restaurants, stores, hotels and other enterprises.


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