One of the most oft-repeated phrases one hears in the current discussion over U.S. immigration policy is that “America is a nation of immigrants.” This is merely a tautological statement that is true of any nation. Immigration to American has been more recent than to most other countries, and did radically alter its demographic make-up in a short period of time during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
A map of states that have taken action against the hiring of illegal aliens by requiring some (or all) businesses to use E-Verify. States in red or orange have taken no steps to curb the hiring of illegal workers who wish to compete for jobs with American workers. States with all other colors have taken some steps to curb illegal hiring.
The number and percentage of native-born Americans officially unemployed has improved. But the unemployment rate only includes those who have looked for a job in the last four weeks. The number not in the labor force (not working or looking for work) is enormous and has improved little in recent years, remaining well above pre-recession levels.
NumbersUSA believes the majority of immigration problems would be solved with passage of bills in the five categories below. In some categories, more than one bill has been introduced that would resolve the problem. Members of Congress who have co-sponsored at least one of those bills get a YES by their name in that column.
Only Members who have co-sponsored in at least one category are listed below. Thank them and ask them to sign up for the bills they haven't yet co-sponsored. Click on the link for each bill to read more details and view the co-sponsor list. Contact members who have done nothing and are not listed; urge them to put themselves on this Solutions Grid.
Howard University public policy professor, Ron Hira, released a study that found that U.S. tech firms are using the H-1B visa system to replace American workers with low wage foreign workers.
The study used FY13 H-1B data, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, and reveals new details about how firms are using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.