And when you consider everyone who's making slightly ABOVE minimum wage is going to want an increase too, it tends to raise wages for most folks on the bottom edge of the wage scale.
Of course, the INTELLIGENT thing to do would be to LIMIT THE NUMBER of lower wage workers, by sealing the border, and stopping the hiring of illegals.
That would NATURALLY raise wages, as competition for them would increase....
That's why Wall Mart is paying 12 an hour entry level in some of the new oil boom towns in the west.
Great place to go for ANYONE out of work right now.