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CEI Staff - Allow Immigrants to Help Fill America's Need for Workers

CEI Staff - Allow Immigrants to Help Fill America's Need for Workers

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Published by: Competitive Enterprise Institute on Dec 21, 2010
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202-331-1010 www.cei.org Competitive Enterprise Institue
 Allow Immigrants to Help Fill America’sNeed for Workers
Congress should implement more flex-ible, less restrictive immigration laws, withthe ultimate goal of an immigration systemthat lets law-abiding workers from anywherefill any job an employer wishes to give them.Measures that move towards comprehensiveimmigration reform tend to forward such asystem.The detrimental effects of freer immigrationare illusory. The standard arguments in favorof restrictive immigration laws—that such lawsare necessary to secure the nation’s borders andto protect American workers from an influxof cheap foreign laborers—do not hold up toscrutiny.Immigration critics charge that undocu-mented workers depress wages. But that isbecause they are undocumented, which forcesthem underground. Allowing workers to enterthe country legally would protect Americanworkers’ wages. In addition, by helping ensurethat workers enter the United States legally, amore liberal immigration policy helps enhancescontrol of the border.Freer immigration would also stem abuseby unscrupulous employers who threaten for-eign workers with deportation, by allowing theworkers to change jobs.Meanwhile, even in this economy, some em-ployers still report that they are unable to findAmerican workers willing and able to take jobsthey need filled. They say that they need for-eign workers to take these jobs, and that if theycannot hire foreign workers, they will have toshrink or shut their businesses.Congress should lift caps on hiring guestworkers. The United States has two major guestworker programs.The H-2A visa allows an unlimited num-
ber of foreign workers to be employed asseasonal or temporary agricultural work-ers in the U.S. It is valid for up to one year,and may be extended for up to three years.H-2A workers may not transfer from oneemployer to another. Its application processis slow, burdensome, duplicative, and ex-pensive,
by the U.S. Department of Labor’s(DOL) own reckoning 
.The H-2B visa, for temporary and seasonal
non-agricultural workers, has a yearly capof 66,000 H-2B visas given out each fiscalyear. Since 2004, the yearly caps have beenfilled quickly. On January 3, 2008, U.S. Cit-izenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)announced that, “it has received a sufficientnumber of petitions to reach the congres-sionally mandated H-2B cap for the secondhalf of Fiscal Year 2008 (FY2008).Congress should lift the caps on the pro-grams. Most foreign workers coming to the

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