The latest glowing U.S. jobs report was tarnished by more depressing news on wages. They continue to flat-line.
One reason for the phenomenon of low unemployment and low wage growth is the corrosive effects of mass immigration.
In case you hadn’t noticed, wages in America have been stagnating since the early 1970s. Not coincidentally, U.S. immigration policy was liberalized during this period, bringing a record 59 million newcomers into this country (plus untold millions of illegal aliens).
The era of mass immigration also coincided with other factors that have served to undermine U.S. workers, such as globalization and automation.
With the nation’s jobless rate at its lowest level in nearly 18 years, and employers complaining that workers are hard to find, U.S. wages continue to defy the law of supply and demand.
While mass immigration may not be solely to blame for the job-wage disconnect, it is the single most controllable factor suppressing wage growth. We have very limited control over matters of globalization and the increasing use of automation and artificial intelligence. We do have enormous control over how many new workers we admit or allow to enter our country, if we choose to exercise it.
Constituting a near-record 14 percent of the U.S. population, immigrants “grow the economy” with their presence, but the economic benefits are not shared by workers whose paychecks lose ground to inflation.
From high-tech companies to the service industry, U.S. employers demand evermore immigrant labor. H-1B (skilled) and H-2B (lower-skilled) visas are used to hire millions of foreigners and suppress wages. The Trump administration, with congressional approval, has signaled its intent to raise the annual quotas yet again.
Recent research shows workers already are available for many jobs.
“If such workers really were in short supply, wages should be rising rapidly as employers struggle to recruit new workers or retain the ones they have. In economics, the price of anything — steel, wheat or workers — rises if demand outstrips supply. The price of workers is primarily wages,” notes Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Salary data that continue to show little or no wage gains – or even outright declines – suggest mass immigration is a key factor driving the “structural” economic changes vaguely alluded to in media reports. They just won’t tell you that.
Between now and 2065, immigrants are projected to account for a whopping 88 percent of the U.S. population increase, or 103 million people, as the nation grows to 441 million. Any wagers on how that growth will trickle down to your children’s paychecks?
1) Mexico ended legal immigration 100 years ago, except for Spanish blood.
2) Mexico is the 17th richest nation but pays the 220th lowest minimum wage to force their subjects to invade the USA. The expands territory for Mexicans, spreads the Spanish language, and culture and genotypes, while earning 17% of Mexico's gross GDP as Foreign Remittance Income.

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The book:

·         Traces the failure of worksite enforcement to multiple causes: structural flaws in IRCA that prevented establishment of a credible system for worker authorization verification; the political clout of business interests and immigration advocacy groups; the demoralization of federal authorities; and the ambivalence of public opinion that, while favoring limits on immigration, often recoiled from the human consequences of enforcement.

·         Notes the ongoing failure of the executive and legislative branches to reform the defective worker verification process. The report says the Government Accountability Office functioned almost like a Greek chorus at congressional hearings, with its many unheeded warnings about the need for a credible system.

·         Contrasts former INS commissioner Doris Meissner's assurance before the 1996 election that the government meant business when it came to enforcing immigration laws at the workplace with her 2007 acknowledgement that, "We never really did in any serious way the enforcement that was to accompany the legalization of the people who were here illegally."

·         Notes that Congress, instead of fortifying worksite enforcement, spent billions of dollars on the politically less controversial Border Patrol.

Kammer said, "I think a key period was the 1990s. Clinton was serious about enforcement, but he lost interest after he was reelected. The death of civil rights icon and former Democratic Rep. Barbara Jordan in early 1996 was also a terrible blow to the prospects for improving the fraud-ridden worker identification (I-9) process."

The United States has yet to attain Ronald Reagan's goal of a "reasonable, fair, orderly, and secure system of immigration." But Kammer's work provides the foundation for meaningful on worksite enforcement, which is back in the news with Rep. Lamar Smith's reintroduction of a mandatory E-Verify bill in the House and talk of packaging a DACA amnesty with an E-Verify mandate.