T.A. Frank on why liberals (and the rest of us) should oppose the immigration bill: All in all, I became convinced that high levels of low-skill immigration are good for wealthy Americans and bad for poor Americans. Far more important, high levels of illegal immigration—when you start to get into the millions, as we have—undermines unions and labor standards, lowers wages, heightens social tensions, strains state budgets, widens income inequality, subverts the rule of law, and exacerbates class divides. The effects go far beyond wages, because few undocumented workers earn enough to cover anything close to the cost of government services (such as education for their children) they require, and those services are most important to low-income Americans. In short, it’s an immense blow to America’s working class and poor.
(But most of the supporters care nothing about low-wage American workers or about illegal immigrants for that matter. They lust after the cheap votes of Latinos which, they believe, will keep the Democratic left in power for a half century.)