2017-11-25 14:15:28 UTC
LEO HOHMANN, Published: 03/16/2016 at 8:22 PM
The Senate heard testimony Wednesday that examined the
impact of immigration on U.S. workers, and one of the more
stinging rebukes of current U.S. policy came from an
unlikely source U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter
Kirsanow testified that blacks have been hurt more by
President Obamas immigration policies than perhaps any
other subgroup of the U.S. population. . . .
No benefits to average American
Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for
Immigration Studies, testified that immigration does not
confer significant economic benefits on the native-born.
Rather, large-scale immigration, whether legal or illegal,
tends to redistribute income from some American workers,
often from the poorest and least educated, to business
owners and other American workers, Camarota told the
The U.S. welcomes more than one million legal immigrants per
year, which does make the U.S. economys gross domestic
product significantly larger.
But a larger GDP does not necessarily result in a wealthier
society, he explained. In fact, almost all of this
increase in GDP goes to the immigrants themselves as payment
for their labor.
Read Camarotas statement here:
When the employment analysis is expanded beyond the
officially unemployed, the situation for Americans looks
grim, he said. The number and share of native-born
Americans ages 16 to 65 who are not in the labor market (not
working or looking for work) is at or near a record level,
with no meaningful improvement in the last two years. Job
growth has not come close to matching new immigration and
population increase; 17. 5 million more working-age people
were not working in 2015 than in 2000.
Camarota concluded, Any suggestion that the nation needs
immigration because there is a shortage of labor is not
supported by the available data.