There’s even more in the Senate immigration bill that you aren’t going to like – wage controls. The Washington Examiner points this out in an editorial about Paul Ryan’s embrace of immigration reform and his lame call for restoration of the rule of law.
Just look at S. 744, the bill passed by the Senate and largely embraced by Ryan. Not only does S. 744 set strict immigration quotas for each sector of the economy for the next couple of years, it even sets wages for entire job categories. “Agricultural equipment operators” are to be paid exactly $11.30, under S. 744, while crop harvesters are set to make $9.17. There simply is no free-market justification for any of these wage controls.
And, while these initial quotas and controls do eventually expire, what replaces them is no better from a conservative free-market perspective. S. 744 creates a brand new government bureaucracy, called the Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research, charged with setting brand new quotas and wage controls for the future.
Does Ryan believe that the existing quotas and wage controls in S. 744 will properly manage future agricultural labor demand now? How much confidence does he have in Washington bureaucrats properly setting those quotas and wage controls in the future?
Read the whole thing. On the bright side, NBC’s Chuck Todd noted over the weekend that Paul Ryan has “gone silent” on the issue of immigration, and Obama’s path to getting this passed is not looking good. Let’s hope he’s right.