Jobs Americans Won’t Do?

It looks like that canard is just plain wrong:

Unemployment rates have fallen in Alabama amid new legal pressure on companies to comply with a popular immigration reform law.

September was the first full month that the reform was in force, and the unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent in September to 9.3 percent in October, according to a Nov. 18 report from the state government.

The rates fell from 9.9 percent to 9 percent in Etowah County, from 8.8 percent to 8.1 percent in Marshall county, and from 11.6 percent to 10.6 percent in DeKalb county. [Hat tip: Karl Denninger.]

As I’ve written before, illegal labor and minimum wage don’t go together because illegal labor prices legal labor out of the market. This is very simple economics. If you increase supply of something without increasing demand, prices will drop. And, if there is some sort of price floor in that market (think minimum wage), then that which has a price floor will be priced out at the margin. Therefore, when you decrease supply of something while demand remains stagnant, price will rise and marginal purchases will occur again. Incidentally, that’s precisely what happened in Alabama, and that’s what should happen in every state.

If there are any governors who might be squeamish about the idea of booting illegals back to the third-world, dirt-ridden country from which they came, let me offer you three benefits, beyond the simple reduction in unemployment rates, for your consideration.

First, government expenditures will decrease because you will no longer have to pay for free-riding illegals. Education costs, medical care costs, law enforcement costs, etc. will all decline because you won’t have to pay for social programs for illegals, or police them.

Second, tax revenues will increase. If people earn money, they will have taxable income. They will also inevitably spend some of it, which means increases in sales tax revenue. There might even be indirect increases in property tax revenue, since increased employment should increase demand for property at the margins.

Finally, this will head off potential political unrest. In spite of multi-culturists’ best attempts at convincing people that people from different cultures are all the same, the simple fact of the matter is that people from different cultures are different from one another. Another simple truth: People hate people who are different from them (just ask the Jews what the Germans thought of them in the 30’s), and they love to scapegoat people from other countries and cultures. Sometimes this can be violent.

If, however, you kick illegals out your state, they won’t be around to be scapegoated, which means that you have likely prevented bloodshed. Also, with increased employment as a result, you have a population that will not be as inclined to view violence against other ethnic groups as necessary.

Frankly, if this is not enough to compel you to implement a policy similar to Alabama’s, then you are simply unfit to be a governor, and will deserve the wrath of the voters during the next election or uprising, whichever comes first. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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