Business lobbyists and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who hold too much influence in the Republican Party, oppose a wall because it would interfere with their continued use of cheap foreign labor at the expense of American workers. In addition to tolerating the flow of illegal labor, the Chamber wants to expand every category of visas for foreign workers, both skilled and unskilled.
The 2012 Republican platform has many good provisions, including opposition to “any form of amnesty” and support for states using their authority to enforce federal immigration laws. But building a wall should be the foundation of Republican immigration policy – and yes, Mexico should pay for the wall. A wall along the border would reduce illegal immigration and cause real wages to increase for average American workers for the first time in more than a decade.
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