America shouldn’t lock out immigrants to shield high school drop-outs from competition, argues a column in The Telegraph. The answer is education.
Instead of building an expensive, hideous and probably ineffective new Iron Curtain, why not use the money to get this simple message across to the kids in America’s high schools: If you flunk, you’re sunk. Yes, boys and girls, academic achievement is the only route to decent employment in an economy at the top of the technological food chain. Drop out of education without qualifications, and you’ll be lucky to get a job alongside the Mexicans picking fruit or stacking shelves.
Employers prefer uneducated, non-English-speaking immigrants, who will work hard for low wages, to native-born drop-outs, who are seen as lazy and unreliable.