U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Falsehoods on Immigration – Part 10

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 #10:

U.S. Chamber’s Myth: “Reforming the legal immigration system will not help secure the border.”

U.S. Chamber’s Fact: “Immigration reform is an integral part of any effective border security strategy.”

FAIR’s Fact:

A principal objective of immigration reform is deterring future illegal immigration. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce apparently believes that the only way to prevent border violation is to open the border to more legal entry by unskilled workers who otherwise would come legally. That is a formula for perpetuating the hiring of foreign workers at exploitive wages and preventing wages for those jobs to increase enough to attract U.S.-born workers. The true way to gain control of the border is to remove the job opportunity incentive that attracts illegal immigration. That is a key issue in any true immigration reform.

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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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    There is no need for reforms. Many good honest people worked hard and went the legal way. Now the invaders (thats what they did) demand freedoms for breaking the law. From what I understand the penalty for invading america is death. If we let them go then it would be safe to say it is ok to break tge laws because u will be handsomly rewarded.

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    Yes FAIR

    The border security is a moot point IMO. It reminds me of the failed “drug war”; much to do with high costs and almost zero effectivity. E-verify 100% in the workplace is equal to 100 border fences.

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    Amnesty is not “reform”. It’s a perpetuation of the same non enforcement that got us into this. Why would anyone be anything else but encouraged by what we’re doing? They know if you get into the country and don’t commit a major crime, eventually we will reward you with legalization.