The Jobs Report and Immigration

Senator Jeff Sessions released this statement about today’s disappointing jobs numbers:

Today’s jobs report reveals that 90 million Americans are now outside the labor force. We need to be getting Americans back to work, helping people move off of food stamps and welfare, and find good jobs with steady incomes. But the comprehensive immigration bill being drafted right now would provide nearly immediate work authorization to millions of illegal immigrants while substantially increasing the future flow of workers. Our first priority must be to help American citizens, and current legal immigrants, find good employment. What we cannot have, and what is not sustainable, is an economic system where a large and growing share of our population is permanently unemployed while jobs are filled by a constant supply of foreign workers.

This strikes me as self-evidently correct. I can’t understand how advocates of immigration “reform” can survey the current unemployment disaster without experiencing cognitive dissonance.

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