The Case for Citizen, Not Immigrant, Preference for A Declining Number of American Jobs

March 1, 2011 | Frank Morris

Progressives for Immigration Reform
Testimony of Frank L. Morris Sr., Ph.D

Delivered on March 1, 2011 before the House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

Current American immigration and labor laws, plus the mandatory application of E-verify procedures, should and must be vigorously enforced, especially at a time when all American workers, and especially African American workers, are so economically vulnerable.

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, it is my honor to testify on the subject of making immigration “work” for American minorities.The answer can be summarized in one sentence. Current American immigration and labor laws, plus the mandatory application of E-verify procedures, should and must be vigorously enforced, especially at a time when all American workers, and especially African American workers, are so economically vulnerable.

I will first note that immigrant workers have a privileged status in the American economy. They are privileged as preferred job applicants; they benefit from the non enforcement of laws for which there is no parallel for American workers; and last but not least, they benefit from a false immigrant/US civil rights struggle analogy. I will then point out that this privilege differential should not be maintained because of very negative present and future economic and labor market trends for American workers, which require that the shrinking supply of American jobs, especially jobs that require less education and skill, should be reserved for American workers, or at a minimum, should not place American workers at a disadvantage because of the non enforcement of laws and policies which could help them.

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