The American Worker and Economics

The Impact of New and Expanded E-Verify Measures on Unemployment Rates Since the Great Recession | 2017
Congress created E-Verify in 1996, and launched the program in 1997, to assist employers in verifying new employees’ eligibility to work in the United States. The stated goal is to provide fast and reliable verification by comparing an employee’s I-9 form to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases.

E-Verify Legislation in the States | 2017
Perhaps the most pressing consequence of uncontrolled immigration is the immediate toll it places upon the American worker. Illegal immigration dramatically increases competition in the labor market, particularly for low-skilled jobs, and depresses wages by perpetuating a class of workers willing to work for substandard wages.

Phase Down Mass Immigration | 2016
Mass immigration jams schools, hospitals and highways and it undervalues American workers who lose out to cheap foreign labor.

United States v. Texas: A Primer on the Supreme Court Immigration Case | 2016
On April 18, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case United States v. Texas, which questions the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s unilateral grant of de facto amnesty to almost 5 million illegal aliens.

Immigration, Labor Displacement and the American Worker | 2016
One of the reasons Congress set limits on the number of immigrants we admit to this country is to protect job opportunities and prevent the erosion of wages for American workers. Virtually every nation on earth limits immigration for this reason.

Why Should You Care About Immigration? | 2015
Immigration has significant impact on education, jobs, poverty, healthcare, taxes, wages and the environment.

White House Report Confirms President Obama's Executive Actions Will Harm American Workers, Taxpayers | 2015
The fact that the President's executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional and illegal must not be overlooked when discussing their economic effects. An economy that rewards those who are most willing to break the law is not a sound one.

Who are you rooting for?: George Borjas on the Economics of Immigration | 2014
To address the impact of immigration on the U.S. economy, an important question needs to be answered: What happens to the U.S. native workforce when immigrants come into the country? The answer is that wages for a particular native cohort follow a negative trend when immigrants enter that cohort. What is beyond doubt is that native cohorts that witnessed the largest influx of immigrants in any given decade saw their wages grow the slowest. It is a simple matter of supply and demand.

The (Il)Logic of Open-Border Libertarians | 2014
There is much debate about what are the fundamental principles of libertarianism and how those principles apply to immigration policy. Libertarian proponents of the free movement of people across borders, most notably those employed by the Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation, portray their embrace of open borders as an immutable ideological component of the libertarian cause, the only position a true libertarian can take. However, even a cursory reading on the issue reveals that many scholars who hold positions of influence within the libertarian movement have not embraced mass immigration as a practical objective, and, in fact, view it as a means to a more powerful and intrusive central government.

Metropolitan Population, Immigration and Unemployment | 2013
The United States has become a metropolitan nation in the sense that most of the nation’s population today is living in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA). An examination of the demographic and unemployment data among MSAs reveals that there is a significant difference in the incidence of unemployment and concentration of immigrants among MSAs with higher unemployment in the MSAs with larger foreign-born populations. This does not mean that the higher foreign-born population in these areas caused the higher rate of unemployment, although it likely has contributed to it -- but it does suggest that current proposals to increase the admission of immigrants and to create more job competition by legalizing the illegal alien population may aggravate unemployment rather than ameliorate it.

Immigration, Poverty and Low-Wage Earners: The Harmful Effect of Unskilled Immigrants on American Workers | 2011
The U.S. has a responsibility to protect the economic interests of all of its citizens, yet the immigration system, which adds hundreds of thousands to the labor force each year, is bringing in workers faster than jobs are being created. Moreover, only a small portion of admissions are based on skills or educational criteria, creating an enormous glut of low-skilled workers who struggle to rise above poverty.

Low Immigration and High Economic Growth | 2011
America's experience with a low level of immigration shows that we do not need mass immigration to have economic growth.

The Truth About Employment-Based Immigration | 2011
Although big business likes to claim that our present high level of immigration is necessary for its survival and the robustness of our economy, the fact is that only a small fraction of today's million plus new green cards issued annually go to highly-skilled workers.

Immigration and Job Displacement | 2010
Mass immigration displaces U.S. workers with foreign workers willing to work for lower wages.

Immigration and Welfare | 2010
Immigrant use of welfare programs is 43 percent higher than non-immigrants' use.

Lower Wages for American Workers | 2010
Mass immigration drives down wages and working conditions.

Economics 101: The DREAM Act Would Be Unaffordable | 2009

The Costs to Local Taxpayers for Illegal Aliens | 2008
Summary fiscal cost estimates by state amount to $36.6 billion dollars annually for providing public K-12 education, incarceration and emergency medical care for illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children.

The Wages of Agricultural Workers | 2007
Experts disprove the claim that higher wages due to increased immigration enforcement would lead to a major increase in the cost of food.

Why Immigration Can't Solve the Social Security Deficit | 2007
More foreign workers means more future retirees creating an endless, and increasingly costly, treadmill.

The Cost of Immigration | 2003
A 1996 estimate (pre-welfare reform) of the fiscal burden on American taxpayers by Dr. Donald Huddle outlines $32.7 billion in costs from illegal aliens and $112 billion from legal immigrants.

Employment-Based Immigration | 2002
A tiny fraction of visas go to highly skilled professionals, and Americans are available for those jobs.

Immigration and the Economy | 2002
Even studies estimating an overall gain for the economy from immigrant workers have found that it is outweighed by the fiscal cost to taxpayers.

National Academy of Sciences Immigration Study | 1997
Analysis of the NAS 1996-97 study of the fiscal costs of immigration.

Guest Workers

For Mark Zuckerberg, Discriminating against American Workers is Good for Business | 2014
Immigration reform is not a humanitarian cause for Zuckerberg, but one that stands to greatly benefit him personally by making his company more profitable at the expense of American workers.

Nonimmigrants Who May Work in the United States | 2012
An overview of visa categories which allow non-immigrants to work in the United States.

L Visas | 2011
company transfers are used to end-run limits on the H-1B visa program.

H-1B Visas: Harming American Workers | 2008
H-1B skilled worker visas have no protections for job opportunities or wages of American workers.

Nonimmigrant Visa Types | 2008
An overview of nonimmigrant visa categories, including student, tourist, and business visas.

Why the IT Industry Doesn't Need More H-1B Workers | 2002
Importing high-tech workers discourages Americans from pursuing those jobs.

Lack of Employment Visas Shows Myth of High-Tech Labor Shortage | 2000
Laid-off American workers and replaced foreign workers belie claims of a high-tech worker shortage.

National Research Council Report on Tech Workers | 2000
No "shortage" of high-tech workers found in 2000 study, but impact on wages "nonnegligible."