Immigrants? That's not the first reason that came to mind for me, but it's fair enough to ask--if it were followed by a few more questions about other possible causes of low wages in the US. Here are a few questions that Inskeep should have asked:
- Did the US-led assault against unions, socialists, Indigenous people, the Catholic church, and the poor throughout South and Central America (e.g. Guatemala, Haiti, El Salvador, Chile, etc.) in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s unnaturally depress labor costs for mulitnationals doing business there, eventually undercutting US wages as those companies moved jobs out of the US?
- Did the US support of rightwing dictators and military juntas throughout Central and South America throughout the Cold War create the social upheavals and poverty that caused and still cause so many Latin Americans to come to the US as undocumented workers?
- Has our own massive "defense" spending weakened the US middle class by undercuting funding for infrastructure, education, health care, worker training?
- Did the deregulation of the Reagan-Bush I years lead to CEO salary gouging?
- Did the vaunted welfare "reform" of the Clinton years lower wage and living standards?
- Does steadily falling value of the legal minimum wage in the US create a permanent underclass?