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When they say ‘labor shortage,’ do they just mean ‘we wish wages were lower’?

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Most of the muscle for the push to liberalize our immigration laws comes from businesses seeking more skilled technology workers. They say there’s a shortage of workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM as they call it). This argument has currency among politicians and businessmen: Here’s congressman Richard Hanna making that same point. But tell an economist there’s a...

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