Few debates in this country are more all about economic class than the debate over illegal immigration. Exhibit A today is a column by Catherine Rampell, second generation Ivy Leaguer, which appeared in the Washington Post:
Finding workers willing to do low-wage housework is challenging in Japan, given widespread labor shortages and restrictive immigration policies. But again, bit by bit, the government has been trying to change that. In fact, this month the Japanese parliament passed controversial legislation allowing more immigration, in part to address precisely this issue.
In a sense, then, Japan has learned the opposite lesson of the United States: If you want more babies, find ways to make it easier for working people to have kids — through both more family-friendly workplace policies and a more liberal immigration system. (Immigrants, by the way, tend to have more babies than do native-born Americans.)
And preferably, do all this before the demographic time bomb explodes.
Go here to view the comments at Hot Air. The original Washington Post article is behind a paywall. Ms. Rampell’s kids of course will never have to go to schools that are flooded with newly arrived illegal aliens who can’t speak English. She will never be living in neighborhoods dealing with the gangs that follow illegal aliens like fleas on a dog. Neither her, nor her husband, nor her progeny, will ever have to compete for jobs with illegal aliens. However, she will be able to pay illegal alien “Maria” so much less to clean her toilets and fix her meals, than she would have to pay native born “Mary” to do the same. This doesn’t even rise to limousine liberalism. It is akin to the “woke” social consciousness of Lords who rammed through Parliament laws fixing low wages following the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381.