U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today regarding a new Center for Immigration Studies report showing that on net, all employment gains in the U.S. since 2000 have gone to immigrants rather than native-born workers:
"This study underscores that the economic problem facing America right now is not too few workers but too many unemployed workers. The Senate immigration bill massively increases the supply of lower-skill foreign workers, which would produce lower wages and higher unemployment. Polls clearly show the American people don't support such an approach. The challenge for the House will be to chart a different course and focus on getting more of our workers off of welfare, off of unemployment, and into good jobs with rising wages. Such a policy would clearly be in the best interests of the nation."
The Center for Immigration Studies breaks down the impact immigration, both legal and illegal, has on U.S. workers and how the recently passed Senate immigration bill would compound these economic issues:
· CIS' analysis of government data refutes the argument that workers are in short supply in the U.S. In fact, 1.3 million fewer native-born workers have jobs than in 2000, while 5.3 million more legal and illegal immigrants are employed. All of the net job gains over the past 13 years have gone to immigrants.
· From 2000 to 2013, the decline in work among native-born citizens has been broad, affecting high school dropouts, those with a bachelor's degree, and every educational background in between.
· Immigration's impact on U.S. workers reaches every age as well as men, women, blacks, whites, and Hispanics.
· Evidence does not support the idea that large-scale immigration necessarily creates job opportunities for native-born citizens.
o From Q1 in 2000 to Q1 in 2007, immigration levels were high, yet the share of U.S. workers with a job fell.
o From 2008 to the start of 2013, an estimated 5.4 million new immigrants arrived, but job growth has been weak during the recovery.
o Overall, evidence over the last 13 years, and particularly the last 5 years, indicates that large-scale immigration can go hand-in-hand with slow job growth and declining wages among native-born citizens.
[NOTE: To view the full report from the Center for Immigration Studies which explains that the Senate immigration bill doubles the number of temporary guest workers and additionally provides for more than 30 million grants of permanent legal immigrant status over 10 years (compared to roughly 10 million such grants called for under current law).