Monday, August 03, 2015

Legal Immigration Numbers

NumbersUSA Media Response
jeremy beck
  How many in your network know these immigration numbers?

We need a groundswell of citizens asking politicians, pundits, and media about the numerical levels of immigration. But how many know the numbers?
The story is one-stop shopping for basic immigration statistics. The statistics here are not in dispute, but because the mainstream media avoids the subject of numerical immigration limits, few people in the U.S. are aware of the current scale of legal immigration.
If some of these statistics were widely known, we could change the way people -- and especially politicians -- discuss immigration policy. For instance legal immigration has a greater numerical impact on American workers than illegal immigration
The overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of our visa policies....The lion's share of these visas are for lesser-skilled and lower-paid workers and their dependents who, because they are here on work-authorized visas, are added directly to the same labor pool occupied by current unemployed jobseekers.

Politicians who only talk about the border are dancing around the issue (and often want to further expand immigration):
Improved border security would have no effect on the continued arrival of these foreign workers, refugees, and permanent immigrants -- because they are all invited here by the federal government.

Here's a statistic that everyone should know:
Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the U.S. issued 5.25 million green cards in the last five years, for an average of 1.05 million new legal permanent immigrants annually.

To put those numbers in historical context:
The post-World War II boom decades of the 1950s and 1960s averaged together less than 3 million green cards per decade -- or about 285,000 annually....

...These lower midcentury immigration levels were the product of a federal policy change: after the last period of large-scale immigration that had begun in roughly 1880, immigration rates were lowered to reduce admissions....

...Legislation enacted in 1965, among other factors, substantially increased low-skilled immigration.

Why should we care?
During the low-immigration period from 1948-1973, real median compensation for U.S. workers increased more than 90 percent. By contrast, real average hourly wages were lower in 2014 than they were in 1973, four decades earlier.

How is Congress working to change the numbers today?
...the immigration "reform" considered by Congress most recently -- the 2013 Senate "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration bill -- would have tripled the number of green cards issued over the next 10 years. Instead of issuing 10 million green cards, the Gang of Eight proposal would have issued at least 30 million green cards during the next decade (or more than 11 times the population of the City of Chicago).

The media won't ask politicians about their desire to increase the numbers. We have to. Read the full story and share these statistics wherever you can (see NumbersUSA tweets here, here, and here. Ask others where they think the numbers should be.

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