I think I’m missing something in this proposal from former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis on reducing the problem with illegal immigration by raising the minimum wage.
Won’t the effect actually be to incentivize additional “off the books” employees at sub-minimum wages?
You either have employment contraction as a consequence of raising the minimum wage or you don’t. Is Gov. Dukakis proposing that the number of jobs lost will be sufficient to deter illegal immigration?
I’d really appreciate someone explaining it to me.