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Monday, August 05, 2013

Who Is Hurt by Amnesty?

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama is always the people's friend in the U.S. Senate. Here is how he described the Amnesty bill: "One of the things that most upsets the American people about Washington is drafting a bill with special interests in secret and jamming it across the finish line in a way that minimizes public involvement and input." Senator Sessions is exactly right; Americans don't like the high-handed secrecy of the amnesty bill that powerful lobbyists are determined to pass. The Senate defeated language that would have required employers to ensure that a foreign worker cannot be hired until the employer determines that an "equally qualified" American is not available. The Senate Committee also defeated an amendment that requires employers to make "good faith" efforts to hire American workers before they hire aliens.

Bad as the Amnesty bill is for high-skilled workers, it is a disaster for low-skilled U.S. workers because the big majority of new immigrants will be low-skilled. The bill will swallow up opportunities for our own citizens to get jobs, and it will depress the wages of both U.S. citizens and immigrants. Granting amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens will, of course, act as a magnet for future illegals coming across our border, as well as substantially increase the legal immigrants coming in through the family unification process. Estimates are that the Amnesty bill will bring in 33 million immigrants over the next 10 years.

The biggest victims demographically will be African Americans. Legal and illegal immigration over the last several decades accounts for 40% of the big decline in African-American employment rates, according to evidence produced by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Amnesty bill will punish black Americans to benefit foreigners and tech company profits.

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