Friday, December 15, 2006

Meat the Immigration Issues

OK, so the title is a bad play on words, but the meat packing industry is currently the target of federal immigration officials (though it is worth mentioning that many (all?) of the people involved are being arrested for identity theft, not illegal immigration). Naturally an article appears that consumers may be the "victims" of this because it will drive meat prices up. I don't like the tone and I don't like the implication. One of the major arguments of those who favor immigration enforcement is that illegals are holding down wages. The pattern is clearly shown in the article. So yeah, prices will go up. Until we don't buy as much meat, then they will be driven down again. That's the way this stuff works.

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