In July 2007 The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that a growing shortage of skilled lab
In July 2007 The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that a growing shortage of skilled labor in Eastern European countries such as Slovakia was driving up wages in key industries and reducing business income. The reason for the shortages was a large migration of skilled Eastern European workers to Western European countries. Use the simple immigration model to demonstrate the key elements of the WSJ story as just described.
8. Why is each of these statements somewhat misleading? (a) “Illegal immigrants take only jobs that no American wants.” (b) “Deporting 100,000 illegal immigrants would create 100,000 job openings for Americans.”
9. Why are so many state and local governments greatly concerned about the federal government’s allegedly lax enforcement of the immigration laws and Congressional proposals to grant legal status (amnesty) to the 11.1 million illegal immigrants in the United States? How might an amnesty program affect the flow of future border crossings?