Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) claims that Democrats are unable to articulate how the annual influx of millions of illegal immigrants into the American labor force benefits the country’s working and middle classes.
McClintock explained how waves of illegal immigration affect the standard of living, public schools, employment prospects, salaries, social services, and public safety that working and middle class Americans depend on at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Democrats, for the most part, “have never explained” how illegal immigration benefits Americans, McClintock stated:
“The Democrats have never explained how adding millions of dependent, needy people to already overburdened social safety nets strengthens it, how hospitals are made more accessible by bringing dangerous cartels into our communities, how schools are improved by having more non-English speaking pupils in them, or how emergency rooms are made more accessible by having more people who are there legally seeking care.”
The Democrats have “unleashed a horror on our nation,” McClintock declared.
An admission that “immigration has imposed downward pressure on the salaries of relatively low-skilled employees who are already in the nation, regardless of their origin,” was made in a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study from 2020.
The report was released at the same time that years of in-depth research by economists like George Borjas and analyst Steven Camarota revealed that the country’s working-class citizens and taxpayers bear a heavy burden from the country’s high immigration rates, which redistribute $500 billion in wealth annually to corporate special interests and recently arrived immigrants.
Similar studies demonstrate how immigration has a negative impact on American wages.
McClintock’s view that immigration is primarily a problem regarding labor is shared by the majority of Americans. According to the results of a poll that was carried out in the United States a year ago, almost seventy-three percent of people feel that their chances of getting a job are worsened because of the continuous influx of workers from other countries, many of whom are present in the country illegally. Only 26% of respondents believed there is no harm to the labor market from mass immigration.