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Bloomberg admits it’s “amnesty”

Yes, It’s “Amnesty”: In an editorial on immigration that reads like it was written by Mike Kinsley trying to satisfy a committee (maybe because it was) Bloomberg View makes two big admissions. Here’s #1:

Illegal labor supports the nation’s general prosperity while undermining wages in some low-skill trades. George Borjas, a Harvard University professor of economics, points out that if illegal immigrants reduce the market wage for a low-skilled, low-income earner by only 4 percent, the effect can be devastating …

Admission #2: Bloomberg concedes that the “pathway to citizenship” can honestly be called what it is, namely “amnesty” (which is what Ronald Reagan and other supporters called it until their 1986 reform gave us 11 million new illegals, prompting a hunt for a poll-tested euphemism):

We cede the point. With comprehensive reform, illegal immigrants would, in effect, be rewarded for having broken the law and outlasted the political opposition.

It will be good to hear N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg incorporate these nuanced suggestions from his own pet editorialists into his next immigration harangue. Something like:

While the so-called “pathway to citizenship” advocated in the past was an amnesty that could have a devastating effect on unskilled American workers, here are some limited steps to allow American companies to hire the high-skilled workers they need …  

Not sure the pro-”pathway” coalition could hande that much truth …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D6DKYHPLH2OX3EJ77HHJT4RI7M Leslie Rodriquez

    The losers in this as usual are the American Country Class (as opposed to the Ruling Class in Angelo Codevilla’s brilliant essay of the same name). The people who need two-four jobs in a family to stay afloat, who didn’t have the school or connections to get into full-time college, who believe in an America of Americans with no hyphenated ethnicities, will get the shaft as usual…@dmckinleyp:disqus I just got a $ 829.99 i-Pàd2 for only $ 103.37 and my mom got a $ 1498.99 HDTV for only $ 251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retàil prìcès at placès like Wàlmàrt or Bèstbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $ 600 that I only paid $ 78.24 for. I use…,
    TagCent-.-c0m

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D6DKYHPLH2OX3EJ77HHJT4RI7M Leslie Rodriquez

    The losers in this as usual are the American Country Class (as opposed to the Ruling Class in Angelo Codevilla’s brilliant essay of the same name). The people who need two-four jobs in a family to stay afloat, who didn’t have the school or connections to get into full-time college, who believe in an America of Americans with no hyphenated ethnicities, will get the shaft as usual…@dmckinleyp:disqus I just got a $ 829.99 i-Pàd2 for only $ 103.37 and my mom got a $ 1498.99 HDTV for only $ 251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retàil prìcès at placès like Wàlmàrt or Bèstbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $ 600 that I only paid $ 78.24 for. I use…,
    TagCent-.-c0m

  • fipco7

    That editorial was written jointly by Francis Wilkinson and Michael Kinsley. Bloomberg subscribers can see the secret authors of editorials.

  • Rabel

    Mickey,
    Would like te see your take on today’s “coming out” by Jose Vargas in the Times. In particular, would/should the Dream Act absolve him of the multiple felonies he admitted to in his article?

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  • dmckinleyp

    The losers in this as usual are the American Country Class (as opposed to the Ruling Class in Angelo Codevilla’s brilliant essay of the same name). The people who need two-four jobs in a family to stay afloat, who didn’t have the school or connections to get into full-time college, who believe in an America of Americans with no hyphenated ethnicities, will get the shaft as usual.

  • befa

    It looks a lot like illegal immigrant amnesty simply rolls back USA minimum wage law without bothering to break the news to the people that think minimum wages benefit them.
    Seriously, do we actually think someone willing to violate our border will have a problem working off the books?

    Curiously, not a peep out of those that usually defend minimum wage laws. Stranger still that illegal immigrants working off the books is somehow better than Americans working on the books.

  • bjk

    Actually, Bloomberg is advocating exactly what you suggest.

    “It’s critically important that we create a pathway to permanent legal status . . . But by this point, unfortunately, it is clear that the two sides have reached a stalemate. They are just talking past each other. …

    Independent voters . . . want both sides to stop fighting on what they disagree on and start taking action on the areas where they agree and there are actually quite a few areas,”

    ie visas and guest workers. In other words, screw amnesty, we just want the Phds!

    • Mickey Kaus

      Yes, I think you are right. I ignored the lede! Looks like there may now be a split between the holdouts for “mass amnesty or nothing” and those business interests who just want their high-skilled immigrants. Advocates of a general amnesty were hoping to hold the high-skilled visas hostage, of course–fearing, quite rightly, that once Microsoft, Apple et. al are taken care of they won’t put much effort into legalizing the remaining 11 million. On the other hand, Bloomberg says he is still for a “pathway to citizenship,” so it’s legit to make him admit what his own editorialists say it means.

  • bjk

    The news in Bloomberg’s “harangue” is that he wants to sell out the amnesty crowd (because comprehensive immigration reform is dead) and just go forward with the pro-business agenda, specifically high-skill visas and guest workers. That might be politically unrealistic, but it’s significant that the Billionaires for Cheap Labor coalition is dropping amnesty, which they never were real passionate about anyway.