– The New York Times
When agents raid workplaces, they often demand to see employees’ immigration documents and make arrests. But after the agents leave, it is difficult for the government to meaningfully penalize businesses that hire unauthorized immigrants. Instead, according to law enforcement officials and experts with differing views of the immigration debate, a primary goal of such raids is to dissuade those working illegally from showing up for their jobs – and to warn prospective migrants that even if they make it across the border, they may end up being captured at work.
– The Washington Post
A decade after the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the United States suddenly finds itself at a place where almost everyone who wants a job can find one. The unemployment rate in December was 4.1 percent, leaving employers struggling to attract and retain good workers and raising the prospect of higher wages as the United States approaches congressional elections in November.
The Trump administration is moving to undo the actions of former President Obama on almost every front, and now it’s happening with breathtaking speed at an agency charged with protecting worker rights.
Walmart announced it would be raising the starting wages of full-time employees to $11 per hour starting next month, citing the tax cuts, while also giving employees who don’t benefit from the minimum increase one-time bonuses. All else equal, lower corporate taxes should make corporate investment, be it in higher wages, or building stores, more attractive. But the trend of higher wages in retail is about way more than changes in tax policy.