This is the final installment of a 3 part series.

Conservatives, too, are not without fault. Take for instance the talking point that massive low-skilled immigration into the United States will depress wages for Americans and harm the overall economy. The argument for restricting immigration for this reason is the same one used to justify raising the minimum wage, and the reverse is also true. Think about it,what do conservatives argue will be the negative consequences of a higher minimum wage? The answer: job losses among low-skilled workers. Why will this occur? Because, in the language of economics, raising the price of labor will decrease the quantity of labor demanded, leading to a labor surplus as more workers now fail to find employment at prevailing wage rates. In other words,it is no longer cost-effective to employ the lowest-skilled workers at the higher minimum wage, and so these workers are laid off (the supply of labor is effectively reduced).

The same argument in reverse is used to justify a restrictive immigration policy. Here, though, instead of directly raising the minimum wage, the same effect is created by way of directly restricting the supply of available labor. Think about it this way: many conservatives argue that raising the minimum wage will not add the overall health of the economy because the actual effect would be to reduce the pool of available low-skilled workers and incentivize employers to automate. But what happens when the supply of labor is restricted by way of cutting off or drastically reducing low-skilled immigration? The very same thing: the pool of available low-skilled workers is reduced, wages are artificially propped up (just as if a higher minimum wage were mandated), and employers are therefore encouraged to automate.

Many progressives at least implicitly agree with this (in reality fallacious) line of reasoning. Why else would Senator Bernie Sanders have for so long (until he had to become sufficiently new-progressive to have a chance in the Democrat Party presidential primaries) been an immigration hawk? Well, in his own words, from 2016: