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Who benefits from immigrant labor? [Letter]

Regarding Andrew Wainer's recent column on the boon to the U.S. economy from blue-collar immigrants, the real question should be whether this is a boon to blue-collar Americans ("Revitalizing Baltimore through immigration," Dec. 26).

While visiting a friend recently, some workers from a local utility subcontractor came to trim branches away from power lines. They were all immigrants, causing me to wonder whether there aren't any Americans willing to trim trees.

I mentioned this to another friend, who said that a crew of immigrants had built a new retaining wall for her and charged full price. Would American workers rather lose their homes than build a wall?

Contractors pay immigrants less but still charge clients full price. Money to Americans stays in America, while billions of dollars earned by immigrants are sent overseas. It seems to me that employing Americans just makes more sense.

Laurin Motsay, Baltimore

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