It might be true, but that’s not what I’m hearing.
You’d have to define “blue collar”. My understanding is that they are skilled and semi-skilled factory workers. But the low-end illegal immigrants are generally No-collar workers will no marketable skills. They fill positions like farm labor, dish-washing, landscape worker, house cleaner, etc. These are jobs that are difficult to fully automate and will be with us for a very long time. That they are the least respected, lowest-paid jobs make them less attractive to native-born Americns and truly define the dilemma facing blue-collar workers who lose their $25/hr factory job and have to work for $7/hr mowing lawns or frying burgers.
Very good article. There are some errors, but it lays out most of the technical issues very well and in some ways supports almost unlimited immigration. It actually got me thinking about how other factors, like Foreign Policy, affect immigration to the U.S. Funny he talks about mass South-to-North migration but mentions nothing about East-to-West Migration which has recently begun to surpass South/North.
Social cohesion effects of immigration are important and my gut feel is that they do affect our American Identity. But I look at our history and recognize that our identity changes all the time. My Grandparents were unabashedly racist - that was their American identity. My Parents were orderly progressives - equal opportunity for all; concerned about appearances; living the American Dream. My children’s generation is worried abut the Dream lost, and how to adapt to a multi-ethnic society where they will be the great losers.
We are not the Country we were 50 years ago. Those optimistic Americans wouldn’t even recognize us today, in the same way that their grandparents in the 19-teens wouldn’t have recognized them.