The Constitutional law professor in the White House missed a few key details in his pitch to halt the deportation of several million illegal aliens, according to another law professor. “I thought it was a pretty good speech, except for the facts,” Jan Ting, a law professor at Temple said last Friday in remarks at the Heritage Foundation.
For one thing, “Qualified legal immigrants have waited 20 years” to become citizens, Ting observed. Ting served as an attorney in the U. S. Justice Department during the administration of George H. W. Bush.
Moreover, “There are those on the other side who will tell you numbers don’t matter,” Ting noted. “They matter.”
Moreover, the possibility that illegal aliens making less than the minimum wage will depress both employment prospects for Americans and wages is not one to be dismissed lightly. “Eighteen percent of teenagers can’t even find a part-time job,” Ting noted. “For black teenagers, it’s 32 percent.”
“Wages have not gone up since 2000,” Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, pointed out in comments at Heritage earlier that morning.
“Do you think there’s a connection between stagnant wages and high profits?” Ting asked. “Big business wants to expand the labor pool and depress wages.” Median family incomes have gone down by $3,000 since 2007, Sen. Sessions averred.