Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today:
“The arguments compiled by FWD.us pushing for a massive surge in new workers from abroad have ignored the overwhelming literature, including broad research by the Congressional Budget Office, demonstrating that such a plan would reduce wages and job prospects for millions of struggling workers living here today.
The White House and Senate Democrats have embraced a plan that not only allows illegal immigration to continue indefinitely, but proposes to double the flow of new legal immigrant workers and triple the number of mostly lesser-skilled immigrants who will be given green cards. Unfortunately, it seems several House leaders are contemplating a similar approach. We need to move Americans off of welfare and into good-paying jobs—not replace them with lower-wage workers from abroad. Gene Sperling has said there are three jobseekers for every one job opening. Has anyone asked the American people whether they want these large increases to current record immigration levels now being proposed?
Lawmakers must decide who they represent: immigration activists and powerful interests, or millions of struggling and unemployed Americans. Republicans have an opportunity to stand alone as the one party dutifully representing the legitimate interests of the American worker. They should seize it. They should boldly and unapologetically articulate policies that end the lawlessness and advance the national interest.” See study below:
Immigration Policy and the U.S. Economy
“Immigration and the American Worker: A Review of the Academic Literature” (report by Dr. George Borjas, professor of economics at the Harvard Kennedy School):
“The immigration surplus [benefits that accrue to natives rather than to immigrants themselves] comes from reducing the wages of natives in competition with immigrants by an estimated $402 billion a year, while increasing profits [of businesses that rely on immigrant labor] by an estimated $437 billion…
Immigration has its largest negative impact on the wage of native workers who did not graduate from high school, a group that makes up a modest (and, in recent decades, shrinking) share of the workforce. However, these workers are among the poorest Americans… Although native-born high school dropouts may make up a small fraction of the native-born population, they are particularly vulnerable to the adverse wage effects of immigration.”
“Immigrant Gains and Native Losses” (Center for Immigration Studies report by Steve Camarota, July 2013):
“From the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2013, the number of natives working actually fell by 1.3 million while the overall size of the working-age (16 to 65) native population increased by 16.4 million. Over the same time period, the number of immigrants working (legal and illegal) increased by 5.3 million… [In other words,] none of the net growth in employment among the working-age has gone to natives.”
“Immigration Bill a Disaster for Unemployed” (op-ed by Peter Kirsanow, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights):
“The assurances of the [Gang of Eight] bill’s proponents that the bill will somehow help the economy obscure copious evidence that the bill will wreak enormous damage to the employment prospects of American workers who have already seen their wages and employment rates plummet over the last several years…
Not only will the bill grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants, it will act as a magnet for future illegal immigration and substantially increase the number of legal immigrants. It is conservatively estimated that the bill will result in 30 million to 33 million additional immigrants over the next 10 years… Since the supply of low-skilled workers already exceeds the demand, the massive influx in low-skilled immigrants bodes ill for all such workers, but particularly black males.”
“The STEM Crisis Is a Myth” (op-ed by Robert Charette, contributing editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers magazine):
“Companies would rather not pay STEM professionals high salaries with lavish benefits, offer them training on the job, or guarantee them decades of stable employment. So having an oversupply of workers, whether domestically educated or imported, is to their benefit… [in part because] it helps keep wages in check…
Viewed another way, about 15 million U.S. residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline, but three-fourths of them—11.4 million—work outside of STEM… If there is in fact a STEM worker shortage, wouldn’t you expect more people with STEM degrees to be filling those jobs?”Source:http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/370085/sessions-republicans-should-seize-opportunity-stand-struggling-workers-nro-staff by NRO Staff, January 31, 2014 5:45 PM
Comments:This answers the question about why and how this has occurred and why “establishment Republicans” don’t touch this run-away immigration. They would prefer to receive campaign contributions from the “immigrationists” and not get elected. If they seem secure when they claim that immigration is good for the economy, they are either expert liars or they’re delusional.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader