U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Falsehoods on Immigration – Part 2

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put up a website giving what it calls “10 Immigration Facts Everyone Can Agree To.” The so-called facts are both falsehoods and half-truths. Here is their #2:

U.S. Chamber’s Myth: “The sluggish U.S. Economy doesn’t need more immigrant workers.”

U.S. Chamber’s Fact: “Immigrants will replenish the U.S. labor force as millions of Baby Boomers retire.”

FAIR’s Fact: With the nation’s high unemployment and underemployment, the national focus should be on creating jobs for those workers rather than on importing more workers looking for jobs. Baby Boomers are increasingly being let go by their employer before they are ready to retire and replaced with foreign workers. As a result, these unemployed Baby Boomers are increasingly taking lower wage service jobs in competition with younger workers looking for their first jobs.  The law of supply and demand still applies: increase the supply of workers and wages will stagnate or go down. This was explicitly stated in the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate’s immigration reform bill (S. 744). Lower wages were forecast as a result of enacting the bill for the next 18 years.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    All of you above have just about covered it all as far as OUR well paid “do nothing for Americans” politicians!!
    I get way over the boiling point just thinking about them and the harm they are doing spending our tax dollars
    for free handouts to the illegal aliens. Plus all of the undue trouble they have caused their fellow Americans.
    I don’t know just how much more we Americans can take before something drastic happens I am not excusing Obama for his part in this, but it started years ago and has been building more each year. Some how we will
    have to join together and convince these politicians they have to enforce our laws or they will be held responsible!!
    I wish some one could come up with some kind of plan that would get direct and immediate legal results!
    Anybody got any ideas.? Something FAST and WORKABLE!!!!

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    FAIR you lack of critical thinking………………..

    1.- Corporations hardlyvhire Americans, green card holders BUT they prefer to bring in Indians……etc.
    2.- US Corporations some owned by EU in science and other countries no longer hire Americans…..but Indians and others
    3.- Mr Wonderful from the SHark Tank prefers given capital to entrepreneurs that manufacture cheap in China

    FACT The above and others os the most impact to our economy

    SMALL FISH —> Illlegals ……they are not recorded in the system so if legalized the unemployed numbers would be about the same or slightly BETTER……………………………..

    CUbans come here for free……..Somalis….for free…………….welfare checks

    MExicans……..they get their land stolen, beat, work cheap, abuse, WORK HARDER THAN YOU & ME YET YOU WANT TO KICK THEM OUT….


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      You’d Paint the Sky Purple for IAs if It Was Really Blue

      Smell the coffee…the IAs take jobs from America’s underemployed at lower wages. The IAs dissappear and the unemployment rate goes down and the wages go up.

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    Wow. I don’t think there is anything leftffor me to say. You guys have covered everything I could’ve thought of to say. Great job people. You’ve done us all proud. Thanks

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    I don’t know how these people in congress or other offices can even give One good reason for Amnesty!! We have many Americans without jobs and when I read that employers were supposed to hire the illegals first before americans I SEEN RED!!! This is our country and illegals broke our laws by slipping across our borders. This was a Crime and they’re going to be rewarded with Amnesty!! They all need to be deported now!!!! I don’t Care how long some have been here or how many kids they have that were born here., the mother was an illegal!! Take the kids back with them when deported. If we went to sneak in their country we would be arrested , why should it be any different here? We can’t afford them.!!!!!

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      Obama has been the cause of Americans having their 40 hour work week to 30 hours,from a full time employment to part time where employers have been given incentives to just pay a fine and not insure anyone!,loss of their insurance coverage to create mandates to make it impossible for anyone to keep their insurance if you liked it.He also claims that illegals would not only pay a fine and back taxes as well as their present taxes is a lie.It only requires them to pay a small fine and just their present taxes.and the cost of Amnesty is projected to be 6.3 TRILLION!

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    Thomas Clodfelter on

    Everything they have done since ILLEAGLLY crossing our borders has been ILLEGAL! It does not matter how long they have been able to hide out or stay underground. They have been a continued drain on every economy they happen to suck dry! Everything from hospitalization to social services to children’s education has been drained dry in every city and neighborhood they live in. That is tax money they did not contribute to in any way, shape or form! That is money that SHOULD have gone to the elderly care, child care, job rehabilitation, etc…
    Under NO circumstance should we even be entertaining any notion of citizenship for people who have knowingly and willingly broken our laws from the start, then thumb their noses in our face, waving the Mexican flag!
    The emphasis needs to be on putting AMERICAN workers back to work … not rewarding people who should not be here in the first place.
    If I get pulled over for speeding…guess what? I have to show proof of who I am. If I can not do that…I go to jail until they can determine exactly who I am. That is not profiling…that is policing!! Anytime, EVERY time any illegal alien is found, they need to be arrested and sent back to their country of origin! Then THAT country needs to be charged for all the processing fees associated with their incarceration and transportation.
    Any elected official that votes for amnesty needs to be voted out of office! This is NOTHING but VOTES in 2014, 2016 and 2020!! There is NOTHING wrong with our immigration laws…only the enforcement of them! The current law allows a 3% increase of any nationality from the last census (2010). Now you are going to “allow” 13-15 million illegal aliens, who aren’t supposed to be here, the right to citizenship and to vote?? That will greatly sway the figures during the next census in 2020 and that is what the political parties are looking at!
    How dare they come here ILLEGALLY, wave the Mexican flag and “demand” their rights!? They have no constitutional rights! NONE, except the right to due processing as we haul your rear end back south!!
    How dare those like Nancy Pelosi who said “We have 13 million illegal immigrants we have to take care of!” WTF? First they are not ILLEGAL immigrants! They are ILLEGAL ALIENS! Secondly NOOO we don’t! We don’t have to take care of a single one of them! We have to find them and extradite, repatriate their sorry butts back to where they belong. Try sneaking across the border of Iraq, North Korea, China, Pakistan, or any other country and see what happens!?
    We have a responsibility and a duty to take care of our citizens…our elderly, our children…our youth trying to enter the work force for the first time. We owe these ILLEGAL aliens NOTHING!!
    I am sick and fed up with Washington DC.
    I would make lobbying ILLEGAL. It is nothing more than bribery and graft at the highest levels!
    I would freeze ALL assets of EVERY LIVING (past and present) Senator, Congressman, Pres and V Pres.
    I would garnish all pay, bank accounts, cars, homes, boats, foreign accounts ,etc.. until they got our budget balanced! Let’s see how fast that would get fixed!?
    If I had my way, all 535 in Congress would be out on the street as well as the President and Vice President!
    I would stop “pay for life” for one term as a Senator. Big deal…you lied enough to get elected!
    I would put a 2 term limit on any Washington DC post. If you can’t do the job in that amount of time, You NEED to be fired!!

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      I agree with all you said. I just have a few more to add to your list….THE SUPREME COURT JUDGES. WHO ILLEGALLY ALLOWED OBAMACARE TO EXIST. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE , NOTABLY, HOLDER.

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    Technology and outsourcing have reduced the numbers of workers needed. That is likely to continue. I saw a piece on 60 Minutes a few months ago where pharmacists in hospitals were having their numbers reduced because robots were filling prescriptions.

    The “we need workers” side can continue their propaganda but the trend is the other way. How are the 22 million unemployed and underemployed in this country doing any good for the economy? Instead of working and paying taxes, which is what they want to do, they are collecting unemployment and using social services in many cases, like food stamps.

    And many of the baby boomers are still years from retirement. The last of them were born in 1964, making them 49. Do the math. A lot are many years away from retirement. We don’t need to “replenish” the labor force now, and likely will never have to.