Stephen Moore attempts to prove that illegal immigration is beneficial to the economy (Editorial Pages, April 15). He offers as proof the answers he received from 28 economists he recently polled. Most agreed with him.
Presumably, the answering economists used as a criterion for their conclusions the classical economic principle that labor is to be classified the same as materials in any cost consideration. This, of course, is simply an extension of the supply-side theory, and gives no thought to the humanistic, social and other overall facets of a complex problem.
Presumably, also, the economic interests only of those who employ illegals served as the basis for the conclusions.
If we limit our thinking to these two points, it is easy to agree with Moore and his supporting economists. Certainly, the fortunes of those who employ compliant, usually underpaid, illegals have been improved by such employment.
If the well-being of the large mass of unemployed and that of the country at large had been considered, I believe quite different conclusions would have been reached.