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Increasing legal immigration levels beyond the already roughly 1.2 million legal immigrants who are admitted to the United States every year would subject the remaining unemployed population, discouraged U.S. workers, and those not yet in the labor force to more foreign competition in their efforts to find jobs.
This week, President Trump endorsed the notion that the big business lobby and outsourcing firms have continuously claimed for decades, that there are not nearly enough Americans for the number of jobs in the country or that Americans are unwilling to do manual labor and blue-collar jobs.
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The claim was Trump’s evidence for his sudden endorsement of increasing legal immigration levels, a break from his 2015, 2016, and 2017 “America First” commitment wherein he noted how mass legal immigration hurts the wages and job prospects of American workers.
“We need people in our country because our unemployment numbers are so low and we have massive numbers of companies coming back into our country,” Trump reportedly told the media.
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“I need people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in,” Trump said. “We need people.”
Despite the claims, the country is hardly at full employment, so increased importation of foreign workers and legal immigrants would subject the roughly 13.2 million Americans — those who are unemployed, not in the labor force but want a job, and who are working part-time but want full-time work — to more foreign competition.
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The U.S. unemployment rate edged up in January to about four percent. This translates to about 6.5 million Americans who are unemployed across the nation and who want a job. About 12.9 percent of these unemployed Americans are teenagers who generally are forced to compete against imported low-skilled foreign workers for entry level jobs.
Additionally, there remain about 6.8 percent...
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