Immigrants, Jobs, and the Economy
Getting Our Work Done: Migrant and Guest Workers in the United States is a short summary of the conditions faced by migrants and guest workers in
the U.S. The paper was presented by Edith Rasell, JWM's Minister for Economic Justice, at
the World Council of Churches North American Hearings on Poverty, Wealth &
Ecology, Calgary, Alberta; November 6-11, 2011.
Obama Administration is doing fewer surprise workplace raids by
immigration officials but more audits of employers' records to check on
workers' authorization to work. Audits by federal officials of
employers' I-9 tax forms have led to the firings of thousands of workers
who are thought to be unauthorized to work. Read about these "silent
raids" and the response by workers and their community allies in David
Bacon's "Fighting the Firings."
The E-Verify Program that employers may use to verify an employee’s immigration
status and authorization to work has multiple, severe problems.
Don’t Be Fooled: Immigration is NOT the Real Problem explains
that the shortage of good jobs in the U.S. is not due to immigration
but lax enforcement of worker protections in the workplace (a Witness for Justice commentary from JWM)
Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform from Center for American Progress
Does Immigration Cost Jobs? From FactCheck.org at the Annenberg Public Policy Center
Immigration Reform and Job Growth from the Immigration Policy Center
Effect of Immigration on Jobs, Wages Is Difficult for Economists to Nail Down, Washington Post, April 15, 2006
Immigrants Work in Riskier and More Dangerous Jobs in the United States from the Population Reference Bureau
Internet resources on immigrant raids at home and in the workplace