THERE ARE SUBSTITUTION EFFECTS. The debate over what to do about illegal immigrants sometimes crowds out the reality of a legal immigration policy that offers all manner of difficulties to those who would like to work in the United States legally. (Regular readers know that I have seen, and commented on, the effects of that policy on colleagues in my department.)

The Anchoress links to an angry post at Big Lizards that notes,
No anti-normalization blogger that I've read has called for reform of a system that shattered long ago, which is now run by career "civil" "servants" who have as much concern for immigrants, legal immigrants, as cock fighters have for their roosters,
and a Called as Seen post that suggests,
At some point, people start to defy the laws the perceive as unjust, and when that reaches a critical mass - then the problem begins.
The paper I'm about to present at the Westerns adds one more incentive to the mix: the more difficult it is to enter legally, the greater the temptation people with ability have to sneak in illegally, raising the rewards to an amnesty.

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