Support for Lots of Immigration, Not Necessarily Altruistic


Funny how moral principle in politics seems so often to align with self interest.  Here’s Byron York in the Washington Examiner:

Why is Washington State mounting such a vigorous challenge to President Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending non-American entry from seven terrorism-plagued countries? Of course there are several lawsuits against the president, and there are lots of motives among the various litigants. But Washington State’s is the suit that stopped the order, at least temporarily. And a look at the state’s case suggests that, behind high-minded rhetoric about religious liberty and constitutional protections, there is a lot of money at stake.

Judging by the briefs filed by Washington State, as well as statements made by its representatives, some of the state’s top priorities in challenging Trump are: 1) To ensure an uninterrupted supply of relatively low-wage H-1B foreign workers for Microsoft and other state businesses; 2) To ensure a continuing flow of high-tuition-paying foreign student visa holders; and 3) To preserve the flow of tax revenues that results from those and other sources.

And don’t forget Medicaid, SNAP, public education, and other federally subsidized welfare programs available to legal and (probably) illegal immigrants on the government plantation.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Yesterday, I received a lengthy email from a friend of mine who does 3 months of “mission” work in India every year. She has been doing this for about 10 years, She reports that everywhere she goes she can hear the sound of hammering and welding, The “primary” goal is education for everyone, In the last two years Over the last two years the growth of “McMansions” with 3 car garages is startling. I might wonder why not a :mission” to Appalachia? The connection is not clear to me, but it does make me wonder. With unemployment rates soaring near 80% in urban areas, why are we importing low wage workers. It can only be that we have made work undesirable. If you can collect $1,000 a month from some sort of subsidy, you’d have to be crazy to warkl 40 hours a weak for $1,400 which would be taxable. We have gone sadly wrong.

  • Monique Chartier

    Yeah. Absolutely zero sympathy for the State of Washington and its client tech companies on this.

    Of course, we need to take the very reasonable step of implementing e-verify immediately. But it looks like we also should take a look at significantly reducing the number of H1B visas we issue.

    • Rhett Hardwick

      H1B workers seem to be a very different story. I had an Indian couple as tenants a few years ago. Both the Husband and Wife were Electrical/Software engineers. The husband had a job, but the wife couldn’t work as she was unable to obtain a visa. Eventuality, somehow, the wife found employment. The “mission worker” also reports that Indian “ex-pats” are returning to India with manufacturing skills learned here. I understand that there is a lot of “enforcement” on H1B workers.

  • Max