In-Depth: Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) reintroduced this bill, which he also sponsored in the 115th and 114th Congresses, to prohibit the Dept. of Homeland Security from granting work authorizations to immigrants who'd been unlawfully present in the U.S. in the past.
This bill has no cosponsors in the current Congress. In the 115th Congress, it had the support of two cosponsors, both of whom were Republicans.
Of Note: “They took our jobs!” is a rallying cry against immigration. But how true is it? According to labor union SEIU, immigrants take jobs that native-born Americans leave behind as they find higher levels of education. They also start businesses and buy American-made goods, boosting the economy. The real problem, they argue, is that big business takes advantage of the steady stream of undocumented workers it gets from abroad to make a profit.
There’s also an issue of agency here. A lot of undocumented immigrants were brought to the U.S. as kids — they didn’t really have a choice in the matter. About 1.4 percent of all kids in K-12 schools are undocumented immigrants. That’s about five million kids who would be banned from work visas under this law.
David Frum at The Atlantic argues that most of the jobs created since the recession have gone to immigrants.
Media:Summary by James Helmsworth
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