HB56: Helping to Move Alabama’s Economy Forward (2012) Alabama's comprehensive immigration enforcement law, HB56, was passed to provide economic opportunities for the legal residents of the state, and it is already doing just that, helping to put Alabamians back to work. HB56 is providing opportunities to less-educated Alabamians so that they can enter the job market, acquiring necessary job skills while supporting their families. It will also create conditions that will lead to a more educated, skilled, and stable workforce that will entice employers to set up operation in the state and hire locally.
Jobs Americans Can't Do? The Myth of a Skilled Worker Shortage (2011) Skilled guest worker programs are being abused by employers, putting many Americans out of work and denying opportunities to millions of others. Even with unemployment at a 30-year high, corporate executives who use foreign workers to suppress wages in the tech industry have found support on Capitol Hill and in the White House. It goes against all sense of fairness, and it is astounding to realize, that Americans are being denied job opportunities while at the same time politicians are calling for the expansion of guest worker programs that will exacerbate this problem.
The Truth About Employment-Based Immigration 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, Poverty and Low-Wage Earners: The Harmful Effects of Unskilled Immigrants on American Workers (2011) Today’s immigration system is dysfunctional because it is not responsive to the socioeconomic conditions of the country. Only a small share of legally admitted immigrants is sponsored by employers while the bulk are admitted because of family ties to earlier immigrants who may be living in poverty or near poverty. As a result, immigration contributes to an already-existing surplus of low-skilled workers, increasing job competition and driving down wages and conditions to the detriment of American workers. The presence of a large illegal workforce perpetuates a vicious cycle as degraded work conditions discourage Americans from seeking these jobs and make employers more dependent on an illegal foreign workforce. America’s massive low-skill labor force and illegal alien population allow employers to offer low pay and deplorable c
Immigration and Big Labor Over eleven million Americans are out of work and millions more are in danger of losing their jobs. One would think that, at this time, American labor unions would be stepping up to protect American workers, but just the opposite is occurring. Right now the largest labor unions in the U.S. are lobbying Congress to grant amnesty to millions of illegal workers, to stop enforcing laws against employers who hire illegal workers, and to keep up the flow of millions more foreign workers.
Immigration and English Language Learners in Nevada: A Case Study of Clark and Washoe Counties (2010) Nevada has had one of the fastest growing foreign-born populations in the U.S. over the past three decades. One result of this growth was the rapid increase in the number of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students enrolled in Nevada's public schools. Unlike most states, Nevada does not allocate funds specifically earmarked for LEP education. Thus, the additional cost for LEP students is pulled from the general education budget, absorbing precious dollars that are not spent on English-speaking students.