Post Backs Welfare Subsidy for Cheap Labor

The Washington Post says that importing low-income foreign workers is “the obvious antidote to chronic and predictable labor deficits.” The Post went on to say that it doesn’t matter if these workers receive welfare, as it criticized the Trump Administration’s proposal to deny green cards to resident foreigners who are likely to receive public assistance.

Critics of this position note that welfare for immigrants helps businesses that promote immigration as a means of obtaining cheap labor. With immigrants getting public assistance, these businesses don’t have to pay them a living wage. What this means is that taxpayers are subsidizing the profits that the businesses gain from cheap labor. As for alleged labor shortages, the Post doesn’t mention forecasts that automation in the near future will more than exceeded our need for workers.



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