Immigrants Hurt U.S. Workers

The Claim:

One of the key complaints against the DACA program were that it “harms working-class voters.” This is an echo of the larger refrain that all undocumented immigrants are taking jobs away from and reducing the wages of native-born Americans.

The Problem:

Evidence shows immigrants create jobs and grow the economy

These complaints are not true. CIS researchers like to cite the 2016 National Academy of Sciences report a lot, but they always seem to ignore a few key findings: “The impact of immigration on the wages of native-born workers overall is very small” and “There is little evidence that immigration significantly affects the overall employment levels of native-born workers.” The other key fact that CIS researchers ignore is that the US job market is not a zero-sum game; there isn’t a set number of jobs in the economy. Immigrants have jobs of their own, but they also create jobs through their economic activity. Immigrants and unemployed Americans also aren’t necessarily competing for the same jobs; with work permits, DACA recipients in particular can take jobs that better match their skillset instead of competing for low-skilled jobs.