Right, what HE said.
"The kinds of immigration policy we have been pursuing, both legal and illegal, lead to an economic outcome where those on the low end of the labor market are suffering and all that extra wealth is being redistributed to the employers. Such a huge amount of wealth is being redistributed away from the poor toward the upper-middle class and people who use immigrant service workers-- the rich. So what immigration is doing is pouring more poor people into the US and making the poor who are already here even poorer."-- George Borjas, economist, Harvard University
Our country was built on cheap labor from unchecked immigration. It wasn't until immigration was regulated at the turn of the twentieth century that wages for the working class began to rise and the middle class began to really grow. Allowing "guest workers" in this country is just a way of manipulating the supply of workers to undercut wages, which eventually spreads all the way up into the middle class. Yes, we get cheap goods, but we don't earn enough to pay for them, unless we dig our grave with the copious credit that everyone inhales like oxygen-- I believe our own government's current debt ceiling is a whopping 8.2 TRILLION dollars. But remember, unless you're a a well-connected corporation, you can't file for bankruptcy. Falling or stagnant wages will make this house of cards collapse, people.
Of course, Vicente Fox is all for us opening the gates to illegal immigration-- that certainly removes the rightful pressure the Mexican government should feel to improve the Mexican economy for its gigantic segment of the population which has no future economically anywhere but in El Norte-- and they send all that nice, cold hard currency back home to further prop up the corrupt Mexican system. As long as Mexico can send excess workers up here, their economic policies will benefit their tiny but powerful elite. And so will ours.