That is correct - I drew a connection because the effect of lowering low-skill blue collar wages is a commonality between mass immigration and what you are accusing the TPP of.
Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist
In fact it is a key driver. Supply of low-skill labor goes up, cost of low-skill labor goes down. Illegal workers also come with all sorts of built in cost advantages - not just pay, but (chiefly) tax and regulatory. Everyone else benefits (upper middle class and upper income earners, for example, get cheaper nannies and lawn service), but not the 25-50% of our inner city unemployed.
Its not the root cause of the problem.
If I may allow Gallup to put it:
we know that wages for lower- and middle-income workers have been held down even as inflation has increased. There's been relatively little, if any, increase in the real earnings of lower- and middle-income workers in recent years. We know that part of the reason for this is that a number of companies have moved large parts of their operations to labor markets where they can get cheap labor to substitute for U.S. labor that's more expensive. And we also know that another part of the reason for the current wage stagnation is because we have allowed the influx of a huge number of illegal immigrants who violate U.S. immigration restrictions and therefore drive down lower- and middle-income wages. If illegal aliens are willing to work for wages that are much lower than those paid to legal workers, companies will either hire illegal immigrants and pay them much less, or companies will go out of business because they can't compete with those that hire cheap illegal immigrant labor. So illegal immigrants tend to determine the wage and benefit costs in those business sectors where they tend to be a large part of the labor market...
As I pointed out - both of these policies have the effect you claim you oppose, yet you favor one and are against the other. Why?