FrontPage Magazine — the neoconservative rag that gets its cheap thrills from kicking liberals in the teeth — actually has a pretty decent debate/interview on immigration (half-way down the page) with Los Angeles radio-host Doug McIntyre, who’s more libertarian than their usual fare. He makes an interesting case that hasn’t been getting much play in the media:
The wages of working class Angelenos are going down at the very time costs for everything else is going up. What we are witnessing is a massive failure of government. But, unlike Hurricane Katrina, or rather, like Hurricane Katrina, the failure is at all levels. However, there’s a significant difference, because this is not a failure due to incompetence. This is one of the rarest of rare phenomena: what we are seeing here is like the mythical white buffalo: it is a government program that succeeds brilliantly because what’s happening is not happening by accident, it’s not happening as the law of unintended consequences, it’s happening by design.
[…] Well, they are very troubling and most of the trouble that they cause, frankly, is restricted to the local level. But, at the federal level, at the state level, the real problem is the corporatists who have tragically infested and taken over our party. You see, for the corporatists, it’s not a conspiracy; its a business model.
We have had a lot of discussion over the last number of years about outsourcing but outsourcing only works to a point. Then there’s insourcing and insourcing rarely gets talked about. You can’t outsource the bellhop of the Arizona Biltmore. You can’t outsource a hair cut. You can’t outsource the driveway paver. But you can insource millions of cheap laborers who will drive down the price of labor in America and that’s exactly what they’re doing and they’re doing it by design.
[…] So you see the quality of life in America is constantly threatened and, when you talk about this and you talk about the responsibility of corporations in all of this, you’re branded as a “Communist,” as a knuckle-dragging union thug, as whatever — we know all the names. If you talk about this subject, period, you’re a xenophobe, you’re a racist, you’re a Republican. All these terrible words.
If his hypothesis is correct and corporate lobbies are indeed against responsible immigration (meaning documented and accounted for immigrants), they will want to preserve the status quo so that the massive influx of illegals will never look towards unionization as a method of collective bargaining for higher wages. Then again, with the state picking up the tab for health care and retirement as wages collapse, there’s no business incentive for them to change their tune.
Update: In response to Rad Geek in the comments… I don’t agree with the author’s conclusion that immigration policy needs to be even more arduous and clamped down (the points on checking backgrounds with foreign nations notwithstanding), I think the point of bringing up the corporatism ties and their lobbies that prefer the status quo of illegals without protection is completely valid.