As the Democrats are turning their sights towards immigration reform, a prominent advocacy organization has warned that an amnesty for illegal immigrants would be detrimental to American workers’ prospects.
According to the report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) entitled Amnesty and the American Worker, record levels of immigration during the 2000s have added new workers to the labor force faster than the economy has been able to create new jobs.
That is why the organization has criticized the amnesty idea supported by many Democrats, saying that at a time when some 25 million Americans are either unemployed or involuntarily working part-time, amnesty would entitle the estimated 7.5 million illegal aliens to keep their current jobs, and compete with American workers for any new jobs.
"It is unconscionable that at a time of devastatingly high unemployment, our nation’s leaders seem determined to forge ahead with legislation without even considering the harm it might cause," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.
He also disputed assertions that the move would boost the U.S. economy, saying the benefits would accrue almost entirely to the amnestied aliens and their direct employers.
The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest the unemployment rate in March remained unchanged at 9.7 percent.