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Daniel Greenfield: Why Scott Walker is Right on Immigration
Howard Richman, 4/25/2015

On April 23, 2015, Daniel Greenfield (Why Scott Walker is Right on Immigration), defended Scott Walker's call for limitations on legal immigration to protect the jobs of American workers.

Greenfield's observes that the issues of unlimited immigration and unlimited trade are closely entwined in the eyes of some Republicans. Here is a selection from Greenfield's op-ed:

Walker was denounced for betraying “free market principles” and for “immigration protectionism.” But if lowering the rate of one million immigrants already arriving each year while Americans can’t find jobs is a violation of free market principles, then why have any limitations on immigration at all?...

What does exist [among some Republicans] is a mantra of free trade that obligates the United States to accept products dumped from subsidized economies such as China and Japan in the name of free trade, to accede to the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries that aggressively develop and protect their industries and to the Third World immigrants displacing American workers to labor at extremely low wages while their real salaries are paid for by American workers in the form of food stamps and other social benefits....

We can sacrifice the American free market to a non-existent global free market, or we can protect the American free market while letting it serve as a model of domestic economic freedom for other nations....

Our economy should not be a machine for importing cheap votes and cheap labor, because cheap labor feeds even cheaper votes. Republican senators trying to help their donors fill those “jobs Americans won’t do” are turning red states blue. They’ve already cost the Republican Party, California.

Walker's opponents on immigration see a close link between immigration policy and trade policy. In both cases they favor policies that hurt American workers.

So far, Walker has come out in defense of American workers on immigration. Will he defend them on trade also? Balancing trade would not only bring back American manufacturing jobs, but it would also greatly enhance long-term U.S. economic growth.

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