New Report: Immigration Has Little Effect on American Employment Levels

September 23, 2016

A report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine indicates there is "little evidence" that immigration significantly impacts American employment levels when measured over a period of ten years or more.  Authored by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the report detailed that while first generation immigrants tend to be costlier in terms of state and local government expenses going toward education, their children are "the strongest economic and fiscal contributors in the U.S. population."  According to the report, the foreign-born portion of the U.S. workforce in 2014 was over 16 percent, up from 11 percent in 1995.  Those most likely to see lower employment rates and reduced wages due to immigration are other recent immigrants and native-born workers without a high school degree.  Meanwhile, a bill intended to make it more difficult for companies to hire workers on H-1B visas by raising the salary limit from $60,000 to $100,000 floundered in the House of Representatives this week.