New FAIR Report Shows Senate Bill Harms American Workers

A newly released FAIR report, “Out of the Shadows: Shining a Light on Immigration and the Plight of the American Worker,” explains how current U.S. immigration policy harms American workers, and makes the case that current proposals on Capitol Hill to grant amnesty and increase guest workers will only further harm native-born workers.

In particular, the report compares the economy in 2007 when Congress last considered “comprehensive” immigration reform to the present. It points out that in May 2007 when the Senate rejected the last amnesty bill, the unemployment rate was at a relatively low 4.5 percent. Six years later, now that the unemployment rate remains at a high 7.6 percent — and over 4 million more people are unemployed — the Senate has passed a 1,200 page bill that grants legal status and work authorization to 12 million illegal aliens while increasing the number of guest workers by at least 50 percent.

“Out of the Shadows” emphasizes Congress and the White House’s refusal to acknowledge the disadvantage using immigration to increase the work force during times of high unemployment puts American workers and recent college graduates, while advocating for sound immigration policy to help put Americans back to work.

Click here to read the full report.

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Content written by Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.


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    John Winthrop on

    Interesting and you guys have not figured it out yet……………the democrats are playing the republicans……………so far the fault falls on the republicans…………………….just like in the slavery time……………………..nothing will happen and this will be used to win the elections on 2016………………………nice game democrats….

    SO unless the republicans tackle this…..& are gamed on.I see the party being gone in 8 years.,,,,OR LESS……….

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    John Winthrop on

    I thought there was a 46 billion dollars for the border and jobs being created for that in addition to the illegals that have businesses an hire Americans……………………………… missed this in your report………………

    when I was going to school, I remember many landscaping illegals having businesses and hiring Americans………..

    I am sure there are bad illegals but let’s be FAIR and acknowledge some of the good things they also do.

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    Way back when, I tried to tell all my friends that the Amnesty bill would hurt the American workers by the aliens taking t5he jobs away from them. No one would even care, until they started loosing their jobs even with out the Bill. I am glad that I am retired.

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    In my book the Politicos (The politicians of both parties) are working purely for self interest. Namely they are getting very rich while the majority of the population is struggling to survive. This will continue, The MSM (Main Stream Media) are fully paid up members of the politico. Between them they keep the general population damped down with 47% of the population actually believing that Obama and the Politicos are trying to save the country and the economy is rising. Not realizing, the stock market might be paying off the rich but the average families are losing more and more income. Personally I cannot see an answer for America, except a continuous spiral down the left ward slope to ruin. We know the left wing Policies destroy, Latest is Detroit following its left wing route into bankruptcy. Maybe that is where we are going. The damped down populous does not appear to even see what is being done to them. Maybe a major shift to the original American work ethic. Not too much hope of that. Ideas anyone.

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      BenDoubleCrossed on

      What is the difference between an editorial endorsement or slanted news story and a political ad?

      Since the passage of the Federal Campaign Act after Watergate, campaign laws have been used to go after citizens and citizens groups attempting to address their grievances with government.

      “The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – From Taking the Risk Out Of Democracy by Alex Carey

      “It is normal for all large businesses to make serious efforts to influence the news, to avoid embarrassing publicity, and to maximize sympathetic public opinion and government policies. Now they own most of the news media that they wish to influence.” – from The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian

      Following reports of serious financial abuses in the 1972 Presidential campaign, Congress amended the FECA in 1974 to set limits on contributions by individuals, political parties and PACs. But politicians exempted the commercial press, because the 1st Amendment prohibits abridging their freedom of speech and the press.

      Giant media corporations are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money influencing the political process because their political communications are said to have no value.

      But, since Watergate, campaign regulations based on the definitions of expenditure and contribution restrict the speech and press rights of every U.S. Citizen political party and organization.

      The main stream media already enjoy superior means to influence politics. To level the playing field, the language of the Press Exemption must be amended to include ‘citizens and groups’ in the unregulated class.

      Currently, only State approved media corporations are exempt from campaign laws: 2 USC 431 (9) (B) (i) exempts newspaper, broadcast and magazine corporations from the definition of contribution and expenditure. The Buckley v. Valeo decision, which upheld these reforms, effectively redefined free press as the right of media corporations!

      To restore citizens 1st Amendment rights and return the Federal Government to Constitutionally proscribed boundaries, Call your Senators and Congressman and demand they add ‘citizens and citizen’s groups’ to the language of the press exemption.

      For a short term solution, conservative groups should consider incorporating as media periodicals to circumvent most unconstitutional campaign laws, rather than applying to the IRS for non-profit status to avoid a few.

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      John Winthrop on

      OK so you just acknowledge the misperception of most Americans regarding illegals…that our politicians are the one at fault for our financial distress…..not the illegals…..

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    It is high TIME that WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE take our GOVERNMENT BACK… Remember these elected CLOWNS come election time.. ESPECIALLY The MURDERERS and USURPERS.

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      John Winthrop on

      That will never happen so far…..because the government has been doing its job. Whether it is good or bad enough…it does not matter……regarding immigration….it is THE PEOPLE who has failed to back Congress to enforce the law……………..

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    Look at the indisputable evidence. 1940s through mid 1980s was low immigration and the middle and working class did very well. Since then mass immigration has prevailed and income for everyone except those at the top has gone down. And now they want to tell us even more workers admitted is going to help that. No way in the world that is true. And many of the so called liberals and progressive are buying into this, effectively doing the work of big business. Not to mention the huge environmental damage that has been done by a growing population, and this supposed “reform” makes it far worse.

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      John Winthrop on

      Leland you said ” And working class did very well?……….wake up and smell the coffee……illegals have nothing to do with the middle class shrinking……………

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      John Winthrop on

      Leland revisit your numbers…………..the biggest wave of immigrants was back in Ellis Island…..get your numbers straight and get the percentage of people coming correlated to the actual population back then. Do the same now and then make an intelligent observation/comment…………