De flesta länder har politiker som kör 'invandrarna tar våra jobb'-argumentationen. I USA är detta faktiskt oftast demokraternas argument. Vad sägs om följande citat ur en artikel i NYT (kräver kostnadsfri registrering):
If we are really serious about turning back the tide of illegal immigration, we should start by raising the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to something closer to $8. [...] Before we had mass illegal immigration in this country, hotel beds were made, office floors were cleaned, restaurant dishes were washed and crops were picked — by Americans.
[...] If we raise the minimum wage, it’s possible some low-end jobs may be lost; but more Americans would also be willing to work in such jobs, thereby denying them to people who aren’t supposed to be here in the first place.
Författare: Michael S. Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts from 1975 to 1979 and from 1983 to 1991, professor of political science at Northeastern University. Daniel J. B. Mitchell, professor of management and public policy at the University of California at Los Angeles.