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How LA Used Wage Regulation to Deflect Immigration
Nathan Newman on April 26, 2006 - 9:05am
This LA Times piece uses the experience of Los Angeles to emphasize the point we've made that cracking down on sweatshop conditions is the best way to deal with the negative effects of immigration. With a higher minimum wage, a crackdown on sweatshops, and tougher regulation of slum landlords, Los Angeles put the sweatshop employers out of business and deflecting an estimated 1 million immigrants away from the city. As the article concludes:
L.A.'s experience may even have implications for U.S. immigration policy. Surely, an approach to immigration control that simply tolerated fewer sweatshops and slums and hiked the federal minimum wage would be cheaper ï¿½ and more neighborly ï¿½ than building a 2,000-mile security fence, militarizing the border or issuing a national identity card. Short of federal intervention, the L.A. example shows that states and cities have the policy tools to deflect low-wage immigrants heading their way.A piece worth reading.