Dave, I can quote economists supporting this position. and I know you can’t. Free market economist are completely on my side on this.
Economics as a discipline, says even unskilled immigration is useful.
It thus fundamentally disagrees with your assumptions.
This is a contradiction you can’t explain, other than to say, that you disagree with Free Market economics.
It’s either that, or you learn more economics to understand why having unskilled immigration, isn’t a cost to us. Learn what the economy does with them.
CATO and others quantified the cost. They know for a fact that immigrants produce more than they consume.
Further, nothing about this qualifies whether or not unskilled immigrants are useful.
That’s an independent assumption you made, seperate from welfare. Because you don’t understand what labor does, or how it operates.
You also assume America has one giant labor market, when we actually have several thousand, many of which have shortages, even when the cities have high unemployment.
It’s something you really needed to think through more Dave. Labor isn’t homogeneous. It doesn’t act uniformly. Which is why immigrant labor is useful, because it goes out, and finds the areas that are lagging, and fills the shortages.