What’s behind the recent rise in wages for undocumented workers? It could be immigrants’ rights activism.
|Graffiti on the Mexican side of the wall. Photo: Jonathan McIntosh/Flickr|
David L. Wilson, Jacobin
October 16, 2017
Last Sunday, Trump’s White House released a list of immigration demands that Democrats must meet if they want to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The demands, if met, would mean more criminalization, more surveillance, and more fear for undocumented immigrants.
Republicans justify this punitive approach by insisting that immigrants are “taking our jobs,” driving down wages for citizens and making the economic situation more desperate for all.
But a look back at a decade of data shows that if Republicans’ goal is to bolster wages, they’re going about it all wrong.[...]
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