Why Business Can't Solve the Immigration Mess

Readers weigh in with sharp retorts to our story on how businesses are playing a central role in the immigration debate

C.F. Neubert is furious with businesses that hire immigrant workers. He doesn't even care if they are legal or illegal. What he cares about is that they are making his business less competitive. Neubert, a former manager in the satellite-systems business at Boeing (BA), runs a small machine shop in Los Angeles that does aerospace work. He says the prevailing wage in his business should be about $25 an hour, instead of the $13 an hour that his competitors pay. So he runs the shop himself and refuses to hire anyone else. "I just won't because it's against my principles," he says. "I would like to hire somebody at the wage that the job deserves."

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