Immigration Handbook For
The New Republican Majority
Linked here is a 25-page memo from Sen. Jeff Sessions hand-delivered to all GOP lawmakers for use during the GOP retreat in January in Pennsylvania.
The memo assembles the best academic evidence, enforcement data, historical information, and immigration statistics to make the case that decades of sustained large-scale immigration are increasing income inequality and joblessness by expanding the labor supply in excess of demand. Immigration levels have tripled since 1980 alone and, per the Department of Commerce: "today's typical 18- to 34-year-old earns about $2,000 less per year (adjusted for inflation) than their counterpart in 1980." The NYT reports that "The share of prime-age men — those 25 to 54 years old — who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s…since the turn of the century, the share of women without paying jobs has been rising, too." Immigration levels have quadrupled since the end of the 1960's, and the ten-year period since 2000 saw the largest number of new admittances compared with any prior ten-year period. Sessions notes these trends have occurred at the same time as increased automation and global competition, meaning that unskilled immigration increased even as demand for labor steadily fell.
Here is an excerpt from the memo:
"There are plenty of Democrats willing to fight to help global corporations get more guest workers. There are plenty of progressives eager to fight for amnesty. There are plenty of far-left advocates eager to fight for unchecked immigration. The cause that doesn't have an organized champion—but desperately needs it—is the cause of the American worker whose wages have stalled and whose dreams have been put on hold…Republicans have a historic obligation—and opportunity—to right that wrong, to return this government to its people, and to tell the special interests: Get lost…
"Hard-hit working people need to see Republicans go into the ring and throw some real punches on their behalf. They want to see the Republican look them in the eye and say: "I am going to fight for you. I am going to fight for your jobs. I am not going to let President Obama give your job away to the highest bidder. I am not going to let open-borders extremists push their agenda at the expense of your family and your income. I stand with you. I know you've been let down in the past by politicians who have not delivered on their promises, and I'm here to say: not anymore. Things are going to change. When Mark Zuckerberg comes knocking, I'm going to say: sir, you've knocked on the wrong door, President Obama lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I work for the American people."http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/67ae7163-6616-4023-a5c4-534c53e6fc26/immigration-primer-for-the-114th-congress.pdf