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Letter: Immigrants undercut labor's wages

People of faith and community members march down

People of faith and community members march down Straight Path in Wyandanch in an interfaith show of support for the passage of an immigration reform bill that would putl 11 million people on a path to citizenship. (Oct. 27, 2013) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

In response to "Illegal influx has served businesses" [Letters, Dec. 14], I wholeheartedly agree that immigrants provide cheaper labor.

We should provide anyone who wants to work legal entrance into this country. Why pay $20 to $30 an hour for an electrician, plumber or bricklayer, when someone will do it for half that cost?

In fact, the next influx may do the work for half of what current immigrants are paid. This would be good for business owners, the affluent and anyone else who is not a blue-collar worker.

The rich will get richer, and the rest of the people -- most of us -- won't matter, right?

Anthony Bordano, Atlantic Beach

Editor's note: The writer has been a bricklayer and member of Teamsters Local 237 since 1989.
 

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