Clinton’s Immigration Policy Undermines Her Economic Narrative

In her Tuesday economic address, Hillary Clinton promoted an economic agenda that is directly undercut by her radical and expansive immigration proposals. “My mission as President is to help create more good-paying jobs so we can get incomes rising for hardworking families across America,” Clinton said. “It’s a pretty simple formula: higher wages lead to more demand, which leads to more jobs with higher wages. And I’ve laid out a detailed agenda to jumpstart this virtuous cycle.” However, Clinton’s claim that she wants to help working families is incompatible with her proposals to flood the U.S. labor market and give big businesses a large supply of low-wage foreign workers. Indeed, the “simple formula” for higher wages that Clinton touts in her speech contradicts Clinton’s immigration proposals. As Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald has explained, “the law of supply and demand applies to labor.” Immigration can affect the wages of both high-skilled and low-skilled workers. “Bringing in more skilled immigrants will decrease salaries at the higher end,” MacDonald writes, and unskilled immigration “not only depresses wages for less-educated Americans, but imposes significant social costs on taxpayers as well (through trying to close the achievement gap between the children of uneducated Hispanic immigrants,