Throughout a June 24 press convention, President Joe Biden prompt that the answer to complaints from sure companies a couple of supposed labor scarcity is easy: paying employees extra. The president stated: “I keep in mind you have been asking me … ‘Guess what? Employers can’t discover employees.’ I stated, ‘Pay them extra!’” He added, “that is an staff’ bargaining chip now. What’s taking place? They’re going to must compete and begin taking part in [sic! – paying] hard-working individuals an honest wage.”
In fact, the president has a degree. FAIR has lengthy been arguing – in response to fixed complaints from this or that enterprise foyer about supposed “labor shortages” and “lazy Individuals” unwilling to do” jobs solely immigrants will do” – that they are going to discover prepared American employees if they provide larger wages, somewhat than importing cheaper overseas labor.
Admittedly, some companies will discover it more durable to right away hike wages greater than others. Understand that small companies and sure sectors suffered important financial harm throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns, whereas billionaires and huge firms reaped windfall earnings. And, given our quickly rising nationwide debt, enhanced unemployment advantages – on which the left is relying as a “bargaining chip” to lift wages – merely can’t go on without end.
However all these concerns apart, the chief
government can be lacking an excellent greater level: that his assist for mass
immigration and de facto open borders are at odds together with his acknowledged dedication to
elevating Individuals’ wages.
In any case, Joe Biden – together with Kamala Harris – has unleashed an unlawful migration disaster of epic proportions at our southwestern border by overturning his predecessor’s insurance policies. And, somewhat than doing something substantive to repair the border disaster and stem the push into the U.S., the Biden-Harris administration has been largely pouring gas on the fireplace. The result’s that a whole lot of 1000’s of recent unauthorized migrants have bolstered the already present unlawful alien presence within the U.S. labor market, thereby placing further downward strain on wages by competing with low-income working-class Individuals.
On the authorized immigration entrance, Joe Biden can be not serving to middle-class professionals. For instance, three months in the past Biden allowed Trump’s guestworker pause to run out, thereby giving employers that rely closely on H-1Bs and different overseas employees much less incentive to rent Individuals or increase their wages.
Actually, the mass importation of low cost overseas labor
places American employers who wish to do the precise factor – by hiring Individuals
and paying them respectable wages – at a aggressive drawback with unscrupulous
ones who care solely about decreasing labor prices.
Joe Biden at all times liked to play the person of the individuals
and the defender of the employees, however his immigration insurance policies say in any other case.
The president both fails to know, or just doesn’t care that wage
will increase and employee bargaining energy require a decent labor market, which is
undermined by mass immigration, each authorized and unlawful.