RAISE Act’s Reduction of Immigration Levels is Good for Wages

The Claim:

CIS argues that the RAISE Act will increase wages for Americans. They state that, “the bill will take measured steps to reduce, over a period of several years, legal immigration… This is good for the wages of average Americans, and good for the national interest because it ensures not only that the arriving immigrants have a better chance at assimilation and integration into the national polity, but also that local governments, schools, and social safety nets are better poised to absorb them.’

The Problem:

History rejects this claim

As the Cato Institute points out, restricting immigration has not led to an increase in wages: “The RAISE Act was named after its intent to raise the wages of native-born American workers by reducing the supply of lower-skilled immigrants. However, that has not been the effect of immigration restriction in American history. Congress restricted immigration to raise American wages at least three times in American history—1882, 1924, and 1964. It failed each time.”