Employment and Wages

Farmers Struggle to Find Labor, Threatening Americans’ Food Supply and Prices

Farmers Struggle to Find Labor, Threatening Americans’ Food Supply and Prices

America’s farmers have been acutely aware of the consequences of restrictive immigration policies for some time. When migration levels drop or restrictive policies drive migrants out of the state or country, farmers feel the pinch first, as their crops are left to rot in the fields due to the shortage of available workers. Since a […]

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Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugees Contribute More In Taxes Than They Ever Receive in Benefits

Refugee resettlement has long been a cornerstone of United States foreign policy, but in the first weeks of the Trump administration, the president attempted to suspend the decades-long program in favor of a more isolationist approach. One reason the president gave for wanting to temporarily bar the world’s refugees was their supposed financial burden—but a […]

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Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigrants and their descendants make valuable contributions to the U.S. economy, according to a new report just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. The exhaustive report is written by a nationally recognized panel of experts. It takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal […]

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Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Serious economists know that immigrant and native-born workers cannot simply be swapped for one another like batteries. On average, immigrants and the native-born differ in terms of formal education, job experience, and English-language skills. As a result, immigrants and the native-born tend to “complement” each other rather than directly compete. Even among workers with the […]

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Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Over the years, more and more economists have come to the conclusion that immigrant workers “complement” the native-born majority of the labor force by bringing different sets of skills and different demographic profiles with them, both of which enhance and expand the economy as a whole. Immigration restrictionists, in defiance of this growing body of […]

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States Will Need Immigrants to Counter Aging of the Labor Force

States Will Need Immigrants to Counter Aging of the Labor Force

New population projections from the University of Virginia’s Demographics Research Group show that in many states in the Northeast and Midwest, growth of the working-age population is slowing due to aging, lower fertility rates, and people moving out of the state. The aging of the workforce in the working-age population can mean shrinking workforces and […]

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The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Written by on March 17, 2015 in Economics, Employment and Wages, High Skilled with 1 Comment
The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Note: Today’s blog features the oral testimony of Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read his full written testimony here. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the American Immigration Council. […]

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Immigration Action Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

Immigration Action Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

As part of the package of executive actions announced in November 2014, the secretary of Homeland Security directed the immigration agencies to implement new policies and regulations intended to support U.S. high-skilled businesses and workers. Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the first of these new regulations: effective May 26, 2015, spouses […]

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New Study Finds Systematic Bias in Labor Certification Process

Written by on January 15, 2015 in Employment and Wages with 0 Comments
New Study Finds Systematic Bias in Labor Certification Process

In most cases, when an employer is interested in hiring a foreign national to work in the United States on a permanent basis, a permanent labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL) is necessary. When required, the DOL must certify to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that (a) there are insufficient U.S. […]

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Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

Why Immigration Helps African American Employment

An old myth about African Americans and immigrants resurfaced on Monday thanks to a series of over-reactions to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procurement order. In the complicated world of government procurement, the government has to plan for purchases far in advance, even if it ultimately doesn’t purchase everything on its list.  Consequently, […]

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